Governor Ortom Mourns Adviser, PA

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Governor Ortom who spoke with journalists today at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, stated that he knew the late Torshimbe three decades ago, they were council chairmen from 1990 to 1993 and had worked closely since then.

The Governor described the deceased Special Adviser as an experienced and competent administrator who had added immense value to the government.

He noted that the late Torshimbe was very supportive to many including widows and orphans alike, stressing that he was a generous politician who loved to share with the needy.

READ ALSO: Ortom Loses Two Aides Within One Week

On his late personal assistant, Famous Adejo the Governor said the young man was a hardworking individual who defied all odds to acquire higher education up masters level and was studying for his doctorate degree when death snatched him away.

He announced his decision to train Adejo’s only son who just completed secondary education up to the University level.

The Governor described the two deaths as very painful and prayed God to grant the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses and the deceased aides eternal rest.

Governor Ortom who paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Jerome Torshimbe had earlier received the Chairman and members of the Benue State Local Government Service Commission who came to console him on the unfortunate loss.

Benue Govt Cancel 3rd Term, Sets Sept 21st As Resumption Date

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue state government has canceled the third term for primary and secondary school’s curriculum for the 2019/2020 academic session, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, directing schools to compute first and seconds term results for promotion of students to the next class.

Commissioner for education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalist in Makurdi, warning administrators of both public and private schools, against charging parents for third term fees for non-exit classes of JSS 1 and 2, SS 1 and two respectively.


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Full academic activities for the 2020/2021 session is to commence on September 21, 2020, with instructions to divide each class for morning and evening sessions to create enough room for social distancing among students with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

Ortom Mourns Special Adviser, Describes Him As Supportive To Widows, Orphans

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Governor Ortom who spoke with journalists today at Benue Peoples House Makurdi, stated that he knew the late Torshimbe three decades ago, they were council chairmen from 1990 to 1993 and had worked closely since then.

The Governor described the deceased Special Adviser as an experienced and competent administrator who had added immense value to the government.

He noted that the late Torshimbe was very supportive to many including widows and orphans alike, stressing that he was a generous politician who loved to share with the needy.

On his late personal assistant, Famous Adejo the Governor said the young man was a hardworking individual who defied all odds to acquire higher education up masters level and was studying for his doctorate degree when death snatched him away.

He announced his decision to train Adejo’s only son who just completed secondary education up to the university level.

The Governor described the two deaths as very painful and prayed God to grant the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses and the deceased aides eternal rest.

Governor Ortom who paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Jerome Torshimbe had earlier received the Chairman and members of the Benue State Local Government Service Commission who came to console him on the unfortunate loss.

Nigeria Becoming Banana Republic With Escalating Security Threats, Corruption – Ortom

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says he will no longer remain mute about national issues which he says have subjected the country to public criticism.

According to Governor Ortom, chief among the national issues to be spoken about include the situation in which the former acting chairman of the EFCC and the Minister of Justice are allegedly enmeshed in corruption allegations and the rising insecurity.

At an expanded caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Makurdi, the governor questioned what he termed constitutional infractions at the national assembly where a bill that was dismissed in the 8th assembly, is smuggled and ready for passage without a public hearing, just to ensure that the failed ruga settlement plan was passed in the guise of the national water resources bill.

Allow ‘Responsible Citizens’ Carry Sophisticated Weapons

Ortom has in recent times been airing his views on various subject matters, stating clearly his position on diverse challenges especially the security challenges faced by the country.

At a virtual meeting convened by the Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Ortom urged the Federal Government to grant licences to responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK47 to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.

He said the policy should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.

This submission contained in a paper presented yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by the Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.

In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor said governments at all levels must come to terms with the fact that insecurity is a real threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely tackle the menace.

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He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insecurity.

The Governor urged the Federal Government to embrace ranching as it is the global best practice of animal husbandry and to enact a law to end open grazing which often comes with attacks on farming communities by armed herdsmen militia.

Governor Ortom also advocated improved educational standards and enhanced public enlightenment campaigns to give the people, particularly youths the needed orientation to shun negative acts and become more patriotic.

He called for the repositioning of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency through training, funding, and logistics to successfully confront drug barons and peddlers; a move he said would stop illegal drugs from entering and circulating in the country.

Governor Ortom also recommended that the embargo on employment be lifted and more job opportunities created to take Nigerian youths from the streets.

He tasked the federal, state, and local governments to show greater commitment to developing the agricultural value chain to generate more job opportunities for Nigerians.

Governor Ortom concluded his presentation by stating that Benue State has made significant contributions to national development and as the food basket of the nation, if the state is threatened by insecurity, the negative impact would be on the entire country.

He went on to solicit the support of all stakeholders in tackling security challenges and pledged the resolve of his administration to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Insecurity: Ortom Ask FG To Allow ‘Responsible Citizens’ Carry Sophisticated Weapons

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the Federal Government to grant licences to responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK47 to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.

He said the policy should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.

These were some of the submissions contained in the paper Governor Ortom presented yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.

In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor said governments at all levels must come to terms with the fact that insecurity is a real threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely tackle the menace.

READ ALSO: Ondo Govt Inaugurates Amotekun Corps

He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insecurity.

The Governor urged the Federal Government to embrace ranching as it is the global best practice of animal husbandry and to enact a law to end open grazing which often comes with attacks on farming communities by armed herdsmen militia.

Governor Ortom also advocated improved educational standards and enhanced public enlightenment campaigns to give the people, particularly youths the needed orientation to shun negative acts and become more patriotic.

He called for the repositioning of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency through training, funding, and logistics to successfully confront drug barons and peddlers; a move he said would stop illegal drugs from entering and circulating in the country.

Governor Ortom also recommended that the embargo on employment be lifted and more job opportunities created to take Nigerian youths from the streets.

He tasked the federal, state, and local governments to show greater commitment to developing the agricultural value chain to generate more job opportunities for Nigerians.

Governor Ortom concluded his presentation by stating that Benue State has made significant contributions to national development and as the food basket of the nation, if the state is threatened by insecurity, the negative impact would be on the entire country.

He went on to solicit the support of all stakeholders in tackling security challenges and pledged the resolve of his administration to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Ortom Rejects Invitation To Rejoin APC

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue state governor Mr Samuel Ortom has rejected the invitation extended to him by the All Progressive Congress to return to the party, noting that he is fully committed to the ideals of the Peoples Democratic Party, thereby putting to rest, speculations on his alleged defection plans to the APC.

Governor Ortom made this public at the PDP congress to elect a new state executive committee of the party was returned the John Ngbede led executive, admitting that the APC indeed reached out to him but the congress decision would determine if he would remain in the PDP.

Expectedly, the delegates passed a vote of confidence on him after a voice vote he put forward to leave for the APC, was rejected by the PDP delegates, promising to work for the victory of the PDP come 2023.

READ ALSO: Declare Herdsmen As Terrorists, Ortom Tells Buhari

With that cleared out of the way, the issue of equitable distribution of power, where only the Tiv ethnic group has been ruling the state since its creation in 1976 was tabled.

The Senator representing Benue South Senator Abba Moro and the former senate president, Mister David Mark makes a compelling case for the zone to produce the next governor come 2023.

After acknowledging cheers from the crowd and taking his seat, delegates began casting their votes for the candidates running for the 39 positions led by the incumbent chairman, Mr. John Ngbede.

Some notable persons who were present at the congress on Saturday include former Senate Presidents, David Mark, and Iyorchia Ayu, as well as the three Senators representing Benue at the National Assembly.

Benue Insecurity: Ortom Reads Riot Act To Traditional, Political Leaders Shielding Criminals

Governor Samuel Ortom

 

Political and traditional leaders in Benue State have been warned to wash their hands off the operation of criminal and militia groups.

They have also been warned to stay clear from security operations aimed at flushing out those already identified as perpetrators of the violence, lest they face the wrath of the law.

These warnings form the highlights of decisions taken at the stakeholders security meeting held at the Benue State government house on Monday, following the killing of a militia gang leader popularly known as Orjunde by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke at the weekend.

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Addressing journalists after the meeting, Governor Samuel Ortom warned that, no matter how highly placed in society a person is, anyone caught aiding or interfering in security operations going forward, will be treated as accomplice to the criminals.

In a related development, Governor Ortom also inaugurated the Benue state community policing advisory council headed by the commissioner of police with a charge to end hostilities in the state.

He noted that the latest steps taken have been long overdue and will aid the current strategy for checking violent crimes within Benue State.

Sowore, Dasuki: Ortom Lauds Nigerians

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended Nigerians whose dogged clamour led to the release of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, as well as former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

The Governor equally commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the release of Sowore and Col Dasuki in accordance with the rule of law.

He states that Nigeria which prides itself as the giant of Africa and beacon of democracy must, at all times, be seen as a champion of the rule of law and respecter of human rights.

The Governor stresses that countries that practice true democracy across the world obey court orders and respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.

Wants a review of free entry for Africans policy

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has urged the Federal Government to review its decision to give all African travelers visas on arrival in the country with effect from January next year – meaning that Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria can freely do so whenever they desire.

The Benue State Governor says as popular as the policy may sound, it portends danger ahead as Nigeria will soon turn to a safe haven for persons with a questionable character such as terrorists and other criminals who would come into the country without hindrance.

He appeals to President Buhari to reconsider the decision in the overall interest of the nation.

Attack On Jonathan’s Home Is A National Shame – Ortom

Jonathan Addresses U.S. Congress Sub-Committee On Religious Intolerance
Former President Goodluck Jonathan (File)

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says the attack on the country residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State by gunmen yesterday is a national shame.

The Governor condemned the attack and wonders why armed men would want to harm a peace-loving man and former President of the country.

He posed that if Dr. Jonathan could be attacked in such a manner, what becomes of vulnerable Nigerians?

The Governor described the attack as unfortunate and urges security operatives to bring the culprits to justice.

He also called on security agencies to intensify surveillance in all parts of the country to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

Governor Ortom joined other Nigerians in praising God for sparing the life of former President Jonathan when the attackers invaded his residence.

Ortom Orders LG Chairmen To Fully Immunize Children In Benue

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has directed the twenty-three local government chairmen to immediately flag off the full and comprehensive immunization plus coverage for children across the state.

Governor Ortom gave this directive on Friday while flagging of the immunization plus day in Okpowu local government, following the release of a N100 million naira counterpart funding to the basic healthcare provision programme.

Children under the age of one, along with their parents defied the heavy rain fall on Friday to show up for the last immunization plus day for 2019.

The team led by the primary health care development agency and the senator representing Benue south, Senator Abba Moro, commends government efforts at ensuring basic health coverage in the state.

After immunising the children in a symbolic ceremony, the governor mandate all council chairman to ensure comprehensive coverage to avoid outbreak of child killer disease.

The governor visits Aukpe, a Catholic pilgrim’s site to inspect ongoing school and water projects which contract were awarded by his administration with a pledge to rehabilitate all dilapidated structures.

Mister Ortom also visits the family house of Late Miss Ochanya Ogbanje at Ogene Amejo who died in 2018 due to rape complications, with a promise to rehabilitate the public school and immortalize her by renaming the school after Ochanya.

Two Killed In Benue Election Violence

 

Two persons have been confirmed killed by gunmen in election-related violence in Gbajimba, Guma local council, following an attempt to burn electoral materials last night.

The gunmen had attempted an attack on the election materials at the council but the residents stood their grounds against the attempt.

However, two persons were killed by the gunmen in the process.

READ ALSO: Vote Buying: EFCC Confirms Interception Of ‘Huge Cash’ Allegedly Belonging To Emmanuel Jimeh

The killing comes on the heels of another attack by gunmen in the Gwer East Local Government Area of the state where a primary school was set ablaze, leading to the utter destruction of electoral materials that were kept within the school facilities.

The suspected thugs reportedly stormed the school premises shooting in the air to scare residents away before setting the school ablaze.

Mr. Nentawe Yilwatda, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Benue State, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

Nentawe said besides the Mbalom case, a number of hitches have been reported within the state.

He noted that he would address the media as soon as details of from security agencies get to his office.

Vote Buying: EFCC Confirms Interception Of ‘Huge Cash’ Allegedly Belonging To Emmanuel Jimeh

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has intercepted bags full of cash believed to be meant for vote-buying at North Bank Area, Makurdi, Benue State.

According to a social media post by the EFCC, the anti-graft agency said it caught a man with large bags containing lots of money.

The EFCC added that information gathered by the agency confirmed that the money “allegedly belongs” to Mr. Emmanuel Jimeh, the governorship candidate of the APC in Benue.

It further stated that while trying to arrest the suspected vote-buying agent, officers of the Commission were attacked and their vehicles vandalized.

The EFCC twitted, “At the North Bank Area, Makurdi, a man was caught with large bags containing lots of money. While trying to arrest him, officers of the Commission were attacked and vehicles vandalised. Information gathered confirms that the money “allegedly belongs” to Emmanuel Jimeh, the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Benue state”.

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