Suswam backs Ortom’s outburst on insecurity, says privatization will stimulate economy

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The immediate past governor of Benue state and Senator representing Benue North – East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Gabriel Torwua Suswam, says that his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom, has not committed any crime for speaking against the continuous killings of Benue people.

Suswam who is presently in the United States of America and Europe on official assignment said this this morning in a press statement signed by his Senior Legislative Aide, Dr. Moses Ukeyima.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power also threw his weight behind the planned privatization of government moribund industries by the Benue State government, adding that in free market economies, privatization is preferred because it stimulates economic activities and creates more jobs for people.

The former governor also appealed to Benue leaders to sheath their swords and work towards ending insecurity in Benue state.

He also averred that differences in opinion and approach to issues of governance among leaders should be resolved amicably rather than engaging in destructive brawls. Suswam affirms that Chief Samuel Ortom as the executive governor of Benue State is conscious of the fact that he has the constitutional responsibility to protect and speak for the people of Benue state.

The statement reads in parts: “In the face of an existential threat, no sensible leader according to Senator Suswam will allow his people to be murdered gruesomely. Governor Samuel Ortom’s justifiable worries are therefore, born out of genuine concern that many states in Nigeria have become insecured due to the criminal activities of different terrorists groups which are determined to tear the fabrics of our national unity.

“Senator Suswam is urging Benue sons and daughters to be united with a common focus to end insecurity particularly in Benue state and the nation at large.

“Concerning the decision of Benue state government to privatize moribond companies and assets, Senator Suswam believes that in free market economies, privatization is preferred because it stimulates economic activities and creates more jobs for people. Government on the other hand, focuses on the provision of infrastructures and implementation of policies that will encourage private investors to owe and manage their businesses profitably, thereby making the people to prosper. The Senator is therefore, calling on Benue sons and daughters to support Benue state Government and actively participate in the privatization process.

“Senator Suswam remains immensely grateful to the Tor Tiv, His Royal Highness Professor James Ayatse, the Och’Idoma, other traditional rulers, religious leaders and the good people of Benue state for remaining fervently prayerful and hopeful that God will surely save us from the evil plans of our enemies.

“The unity among federal legislators from Benue state according to Suswam will remain strengthened and they will continue to speak fearlessly in defence of the aspirations of Benue people”