Benue Governor calls for greater patriotism at 59th independence

Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current challenges and realize its full potential as a prosperous nation.

Governor Ortom stated this in a message to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day celebration.

The Governor says “the grace of God has steered Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence”, and stresses that what the people need to do at this time is to draw closer to the creator in their words and actions.

He states that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and States, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.

Effective Administration
Governor Ortom points out that the recent successful crackdown on kidnappers and armed robbers in Ushongo Local Government Area of the State was a result of the effective collaboration between his administration, Benue people and security agencies.

The governor emphasizes that there would ill be no hiding place for enemies of peace as he “will not surrender the state to criminals”.

The Governor reaffirms the commitment of Benue State Government to addressing youth restiveness by developing the agriculture value chain to engage young people in rewarding ventures.

He thanks Benue people for the support given to his administration and pledges to return the goodwill with greater performance in all sectors of the economy.

Governor Ortom says the recent steps taken by his administration such as signing of the Pensions Law and establishment of a Pension Commission are aimed at speedily addressing the welfare of those still in service and retirees.

The Governor wishes people of the State and other Nigerians peaceful Independence celebration and God’s guidance.


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