Benue 2023: Media executives back Akase, hope for continuity of Ortom’s projects
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
As permutations on who to succeed the present governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, continue, some notable Media executives in the country have thrown their weight behind the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase.
Speaking in his opinion article, Datonye Fred Alambo, aJournalist, Public/Political Affairs Analyst and Communication Strategist in Port Harcourt, said that Terver Akase will make an excellent successor to the governor if given the chance.
In his analysis, Alambo described the governor’s Chief Press Secretary as a man who pays respect to the great ones, adding that he has also paved the way for his own greatness.
He also described Akase as a great man designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
Speaking about his meeting and relationship with Akase as a journalist in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Alambo said the Benue PDP governorship aspirant is not just a brilliant and intelligent journalist but also a simple and humble team player with a knack for excellence.
According to him, Governor Ortom being a highly intelligent Administrator who has delivered on his mandate of good governance to the people in the last 6 years and who has admirably defended the interests of the Benue people against unwarranted and wanton attacks has in Terver Akase, an ally he can rely upon for continuity of his policies and projects which has touched directly on lives.
In Terver Akase who before his appointment in Benue State was Principal Editor at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Headquarters, Abuja in 2014, Governor Ortom has a confidant and reliable associate who would continue to defend the interests of the Benue people in the comity of States in Nigeria, Alambo said.
His words: “Having been exposed to the rigours of academics and worked as a Journalist with almost two decades of experience, he (Akase) is well grounded and groomed to be the Chief Executive Officer of Benue in the quest to continue the march by Governor Ortom to reposition the State to actualize her full potential.
“From my years of friendship and interaction with him, Akase is not a man given to frivolities and inanities. He is one committed to the general good and would give his all to ensure that people have smiles on their faces. Being a go-getter, he does not focus on challenges but seeks solutions to such challenges.
“Obviously areas such as Education, Health, Education, Economy and Industrialization, Agriculture and other spheres that would dramatically improve the lives and standard of living of the Benue People would top his priority list.
“I may not be a Benue native but having keenly watched Akase from when we met in Port Harcourt many years ago, I can say with all assurances that if given the chance to govern the State, it will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders and people of Benue State.
“From what I know of him, he (Akase) is a staunch advocate of Brian Tracy’s quote ‘Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” He is also a believer in Zig Ziglar’s assertion, “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Also speaking on the Benue 2023 governorship contest, another veteran journalist and former editor of some reputable newspapers in Nigeria, Mr. Simon Imobo-Tswam, lauded Terver Akase for being the first media Aide that aspired to succeed his principal.
He writes: “I don’t know any other media aide by whatever designation (press secretary, special assistant, executive assistant, principal assistant, special adviser etc) who has aspired to succeed his principal! Akase is in a class of his own!
“If you know one, tell me. If you don’t know, join me in wishing this bold media ambassador well as he readies himself to take the bull by the horns”