Ortom bags West African Students Union award
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom PhD, is to be conferred with the prestigious West Africa Students Union (WASU) leadership award by the students body in recognition of his exemplary, impactful, fearless and people oriented leadership, and his services to the people.
The WASU Vice President and leader of the Francophone students, Comrade Amon Eden revealed this yesterday at the Benue People’s House during the triumphant home coming of newly elected President of the union and Benue State born Profeti Romans Pillah.
He disclosed that Governor Samuel Ortom would become the third recipient of the award, after late Ghanaian President, J.J Rawlings and Namibia first President, Sam Nujoma.
Comrade Romans Pillah, a student of Benue State University, Makurdi, emerged the president of West African Students’ Union in a keenly fought elecion held at the All Africa Students’ Union Secretariat, University of Professional Studies Accra, Medina – Acrra,
The new President, who dedicated his victory at the polls to Governor Samuel Ortom, who he said provided him the winning platform, thanked him for his massive support to him and for believing in him. He promised not to disappoint him or the people of the state.
Responding, Governor Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu congratulated Comrade Romans on his feat.
He expressed confidence that he would acquit himself creditably and do Benue State proud. He however called on him and other student leaders not to lose sight of their studies, which he said is the primary reason for their being in school.
The new president was accompanied to the Benue People’s House by some executive members of WASU from other West African countries, the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and that of the National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS).