Ortom promises to address youth restiveness, calls for greater patriotism in Nigeria at 59
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, has pledged to address the problems of youth restiveness in the state by developing agriculture into a profitable business venture that will be attractive to them.
The governor who made this promise yesterday at the interdenominational independence Service at United Evangelical Church, Lobi Quarters, Makurdi put together by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Benue State Government to mark Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary also called for unity among the body of Christ to enable the church stand on its feet and play its role unmolested and in righteousness.
Ortom who was represented by his deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu,also commended the Church in the country for its patriotic role in stabilizing the nation through consistent prayers and support for those in leadership positions.
He said Nigerian Christians have demonstrated through words and actions their love for the country. He called on the church to always stick to righteousness and to abhor whatever is wrong.
The governor, who condemned the horrific killings in Ushongo local government area and other criminal activities in other parts of the state, stated that the government is committed to providing the youths opportunities that will take them away from crimes.
Earlier, Benue State chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Akpen Leva, thanked Governor Ortom for his consistent support to the church and for his efforts at combating criminality.
In his message, Bishop Joshua Ngbede, who reviewed the nation’s tortuous journey since independence, called on Christians in the country to be vigilant and remain true to their faith as ambassadors of Christ.
The service was attended by the Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, the State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Aondover Kaka’an, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor, SAN, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Arc. Terwase Orbunde, that of the Deputy Governor, Adah Ikwom, members of the State Executive council, permanent secretaries and political appointees.
Speaking on Nigeria’s independence anniversary in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, his CPS, the governor urged Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current challenges and realize its full potential as a prosperous nation.
Governor Ortom said the grace of God has steered Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, stressing that what the people need to do at this time is to draw closer to the Creator in their words and actions.
He stated that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.
Governor Ortom pointed out that the recent successful crackdown on kidnappers and armed robbers in Ushongo was a result of the effective collaboration between his administration, Benue people and security agencies.
He emphasized that there will be no hiding place for enemies of peace as he will not surrender the state to criminals.
The Governor reaffirmed the commitment of Benue State Government to addressing youth restiveness by developing the agriculture value chain to engage young people in rewarding ventures.
He thanked Benue people for the support given to his administration and pledges to return the goodwill with greater performance in all sectors of the economy.
Also, Governor Ortom said the recent steps taken by his administration such as signing of the Pensions Law and establishment of a Pension Commission are aimed at speedily addressing the welfare of those still in service and retirees.
He wished people of the state and other Nigerians peaceful Independence celebration and God’s guidance.