<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that he is committed to the full implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law of the state.
He made the remark yesterday at St. Dominic Catholic Mission Sachi during a thanksgiving service in honour of Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to mark his 55th birthday anniversary.
The Governor stated that he was strengthened by the support he enjoyed from Benue people and Nigerians in general, saying with their prayers, the plan of the invaders would be defeated.
He preached peace and unity among Benue people across party divides, stressing that the current security challenges in the state required love for one another to be able to surmount it.
Governor Ortom described Professor Ijohor and his wife as a successful and fulfilled family, even as he charged all couples to show love and care for each other to ensure happy homes.
In a remark, Professor Ijohor said he survived poison and heart operation years back due to the prayers of people and pledged to his commitment to continue to render selfless service to humanity.
While counting God’s blessings over his family, Professor Ijohor said he started primary education with Governor Ortom but never knew that he (Ortom) would become Governor and he (Ijohor) would serve as Secretary to the State Government.
In a homily, Rev. Fr. Titus Imojime charged those whom God had blessed to be a source of blessing to others, stressing that it was divine to do so.
He stated that God empowers someone for a particular people and situation, noting that when one forgets the reason for his or her empowerment, God abandons and withdraws His anointing from such a person.
Fr. Imojime while charging leaders at all levels to welcome insults and criticisms said if people throw stones at you, it was an indication that you have fruits and anointing on you, as nobody throws stones at a Mango tree without fruits.