Ortom: Workers wages will top 2020 priorities


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has promised that workers wage will top the priorities of his administration in year 2020.

The governor made this known in his New Year message which was released to Benue people on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase.

The message reads: “Governor Samuel Ortom, on behalf of his family and the State Government sends felicitations to Benue people and other Nigerians as the country enters year 2020.

“The Governor gives praises and glory to God for His grace, guidance and protection all through year 2019, to enable the present administration confront the challenges of development.

“He is optimistic that 2020 will be a better year with greater opportunities for the people.

“Just yesterday, I signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill christened ‘Budget of Advancement, Growth and Development’, which focuses on raising the standard of living at the grassroots through economic growth and human capital development.”

“Governor Ortom reaffirms the commitment of his administration to continue to aggressively provide infrastructure in education and health institutions as well as other sectors of the economy while supporting security agencies to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

“Let me reassure our people that we will not relent in our resolve to make Benue a safer place and create a better environment for businesses to thrive so as to encourage more investors to come to the state.”

“The Governor reminds indigenous entrepreneurs in particular of the existing opportunities such as the partnership the state has with Bank of Industry, BOI, to give loans at only 5% interest rate. He encourages the people to massively go into farming as his administration is set to support families to invest in animal husbandry, particularly pig farming.

“Governor Ortom assures Benue workers that their wages will continue to be a priority as his administration sources funds to clear outstanding salaries. The Governor says he has already set up a committee to discuss with labour unions on the issue of N30,000 minimum wage.

“He calls on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of promoting peaceful coexistence and pray for the leadership of the country under President Muhammadu Buhari”