Ortom tasks FG on motorable roads in Benue, joins wife, others to pay last respect to Tor Shimbe

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appealed to the FG to make its roads in the state motorable to ease transportation.

Governor Ortom who spoke today in Naka said a journey of 30 minutes from Makurdi to the Gwer West local government headquarters took over two hours.

The Governor who decried the deplorable state of federal roads in the state also appealed to National Assembly Members from Benue and ministers to ensure that such roads are rehabilitated.

He stated that his administration has constructed all the bridges on the road from Naka to Agagbe, stressing that the contractor handling construction of the road had been mobilised and if not for the COVID-19 Pandemic, work would have been completed.

He said his administration would continue to give priority to urban and rural infrastructural development within the limit of the resources at his disposal.

The Governor also promised sustained construction and rehabilitation of schools across the state, adding that those in Gwer West Local Government Area which had not received attention would be captured in subsequent planning.

Earlier, the governor, his wife, Dr. Eunice Ortom, Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse as well as the entire State Security and Executive Councils among others today paid their last respect to late Jerome Tor Shimbe at his country home in Naka, Gwer-West Local Government Area.

The Governor in a funeral oration at LGEA Primary School Naka in honour of the deceased Special Advisor on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs said he was deeply pained by Shimbe’s death.

He noted that it was rare to get someone of the character, integrity and dedication to service the way Shimbe was, saying he was deeply pained by his sudden demise but prayed God to give him someone that would stand in his shoes.

According to him, the deceased was many things to many people and had worked relentlessly to ensure that his (Ortom’s) administration performed optimally, stressing however that it was appointed onto man to die once and after that comes the judgment of God.

The Governor who said the big question is where one prepares to spend eternity after death, prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse represented by Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer, former Senate President, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Senators Orker Jev and Abba Moro and House of Representatives member, Mark Gbillah all described the deceased as a loving and caring personality and prayed for the gentle repose of his soul.

Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba, Chairman Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ALGON, Benue State chapter, Mr. Caleb Abah acknowledged the cordial working relationship with the deceased, saying his reign with the present council was short but eventful.

Ter Tyoshin, Chief Daniel Abomtse and Chairman Gwer-West Local Government Council, Mrs. Grace Igbabon, decried the frequent death of prominent sons of Tyoshin and prayed God to prevent a reoccurence of such unfortunate incident.

Governor Ortom at the burial ceremony, announced that Shimbe’s successor would come from Mbakpa where the deceased came from.