By Ede Ogaba Ede:

It was a day of commendation and praises for Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom and his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu as the latter rounded-off his consultative meetings with stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue South senatorial district with visits to Otukpo and Ohimini local government areas.

The historic appointment as Chief Judge of Benue state of Hon. Justice Adah Onum, the first Idoma man to be ever so appointed; the wisdom of returning to the people to listen to them and get their assessment of the performance of the government and the ruling party, and what they need to do for better service delivery; and the enactment of the law prohibiting open grazing of livestock were some of the things that got huge approvals and applause of the people of the senatorial district.

Chairman, Ohimini local government area traditional council and Ada’ Ohimini, Chief Dr John Ochai and his Otukpo local government area traditional council, and Ada’Otukpo, Chief Samuel Onu commended Engr Benson Abounu for coming back to the people to listen to them and get their input on how to enhance the performance of the government.

The royal fathers who spoke separately at Idekpa and Otukpo when the deputy governor paid them courtesy calls, said this action is a welcome development and a dramatic departure from the past, when once elections are over, the electorates no longer see those they elected till the next elections when they come with maggi and salt seeking their votes.

The royal fathers who thanked Governor Ortom for breaking the jinx and appointing an Idoma man as the chief Judge of the state assured that Justice Onum will discharge his duties creditably.

At the consultative meeting, all the stakeholders and speakers, among them Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Chief Mike Iduma, Hon. Francis Ijiga, Hassan Mohammed, Barr Abutu Adakole, Chief Godwin Ukpoju, Chief Nelson Alapa, Hon. Ralph Igbago and Chief Geoorge Alli were full of praises for Governor Ortom and the APC government for bringing real change to governance in the state through the appointment of Justice Onum. They said his appointment marks a break with the past and signals a new beginning where competence and not tribe determines who gets an appointment, and where the Idoma man can aspire and realize his full potentials in the state.

The people equally extoled the Samuel Ortom administration for the anti-open grazing law, and his efforts at providing security for lives and properties of people of the state.

The school feeding programme, infrastructural developments in schools seen in every ward in the state, provision of water supply to Otukpo, and construction of several critical roads were among achievements listed by the people who unanimously endorsed the duo for second term.

Engr Benson Abounu had earlier told the party men that he came to listen to them, hear their complaints; if any and see how they can address the issues raised.

He told the people that the greatest problem facing the government is the irregular payment of workers salaries but assured them that with the scaling down of the workforce to its authentic number, the state will be able to pay workers their salary regularly when the report of his Committee is implemented.

He further informed the people that arrangements are also on the way to clear the backlog of salaries owed the workers.

Chairman, Otukpo local government council, Chief George Alli who listed the achievements of the APC controlled local government council to include building a 16 bed primary health clinic at Adoka and Otobi-Akpa; building a 2-block of classrooms at Ondo, Ugboju and Akpachi, and a fire service station at Otukpo; the donation of Hilux van to Vigilantee to combat among others, praised Governor Ortom and Engr Abounu for exemplary, honest and focused leadership that has seen them achieve so much with limited resources.

Also speaking, the APC state chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro called on party members to work together in the interest of the party and the state and to avoid doing anything that would divide the party.

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