Ortom moves to end Ugondo/Air Force land dispute, Orders salary payment of new BSU staff

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

At last, the controversy between the Nigerian Airforce and Ugondo community in parts of Makurdi and Gwer East local government areas of Benue State over land will amicably be resolved.

Governor Samuel Ortom stated this yesterdayay while briefing newsmen after a peace meeting between officials of the Tactical Air Command of the Nigerian Airforce, Makurdi and stakeholders from Ugondo community.

The Governor said he had appealed to the Tactical Air Command to concede 350 hectares of land from the 4,000 hectares housing the command to Ugondo Community to permanently end the age long land dispute between the command and the host community.

He said members of the community had initially demanded that 900 hectares of land be conceded to them, but owing to appeals and consultations, the community had agreed to accept 350 hectares.

Governor Ortom disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force authorities in Makurdi had promised to consult the Chief of Air Staff on the issue and get back to him, giving assurance that the matter will harmoniously be resolved.

According to the Governor, other issues raised by the community bothered on corporate social responsibility of the Tactical Air Command in the areas of provision of educational and health facilities as well as potable water which the command promised to address.

On the issue of compensation which the community also requested, the Governor said he would follow up the matter with members of the National Assembly from the state to see how best the matter could be resolved.

Governor Ortom used the opportunity to sympathize with the Chief of Air Staff and the entire Air Force formation in the country over the death of the first female combatant pilot, Tolulope Arotile and prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest and the entire Air Force and her immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Meanwhile,Governor Samuel Ortom through the State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, has directed the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Benue State University,BSU, to make sure the staff get their salary with immediate effect.

The governor had last year approved the replacement and employment of some academic staff of the Benue State University to strengthen the academic sector of the University.

In his letter to the institution’s Governing Board, Ortom commended the staff for their patience and understanding in the face of the economic hardship.