Benue youths back Ortom as Benue govt restate resolve to fight corruption


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Youths under the auspices of Benue Youth Forum, BYF, have passed a vote of confidence on the Governor of the state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, describing him as a courageous leader who loves his people.

President of the Forum, Comrade Terrence Kuanum made its position known today during a courtesy call on the Governor at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

Comrade Kuanum stated that Governor Ortom has demonstrated uncommon leadership qualities especially when the state was confronted by the invasion of its communities and killing of innocent people by Fulani herdsmen, stressing that the development made him a dependable leader of his people.

“We see you as a beacon of hope because you are not one of those leaders who abandoned their people when they need them most,” Comrade Kuanum stated.

The BYF President cited several attempts by the opposition to destabilise the Ortom administration through various means including court cases and the recent protests by a group of pensioners.

The youth group which pledged its support to the Governor to enable him succeed, said its activities are guided by laws of the country, pointing out that since January 2018, they have been involved in various struggles in defence of rights of the people.

Governor Ortom acknowledged the support of the youths during the trying times of the state, pointing out that they demonstrated uncommon love for their state when the people came under attacks last year.

He encouraged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the state by standing for the truth at all times, noting that their defence of the state was for their future and that of generations yet unborn.

Meanwhile, in line with his resolve to ensure accountability in public service, Governor Samuel Ortom has reaffirmed the decision of Benue State Government to prosecute any government official found to be involved in corruption.

He stated this today at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi while swearing in the Chairman and Commissioners of Local Government Service Commission, as well as a member of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, BSIEC.

The Governor who also inaugurated the Benue State Planning Commission with him as Chairman and his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu as Alternate Chairman, charged government appointees to be transparent in their official conduct. He stressed that only transparency could make public officials free from prosecution when they leave office.

He cautioned public officers who indulge in sharp practices to turn a new leaf or face consequences of their actions.

Governor Ortom charged Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission to work tirelessly to produce the authentic staff list at the third tier of government in order to eliminate ghost names from the payroll and pave way for greater employment opportunities.

The Governor stated that the ongoing sanitisation at the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, should be replicated in the Unified Local Government Service to enhance performance.

Responding on behalf of the Local Government Service Commission, its Chairman, Dr Bem Melladu thanked the Governor for the responsibility given them, promising that they would work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in him and the other members.

Hon. Terkaa Mamwoo, Ochekliye Adugba, Nyigba Godwin and Dr. Tsetim Ayargwer were sworn-in as Commissioners of the Local Government Service Commission while Mr. Sunday Agbaji took oath as a member of BSIEC.