Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says engaging in humanitarian service to put smiles on the faces of people gives him fulfilment.
Governor Ortom stated this today in Makurdi when he received the award of 'Defender of the Disadvantaged' at the 2016 Annual Awards organised by the Catholic Star newspaper in collaboration with Catholic Media Professionals, Radio Benue, Harvest FM and NTA Makurdi.
He said he was motivated to embark on humanitarian services when he met a young man many years ago who was bitten by a snake but had no money to seek medical attention.
Governor Ortom said the society could only become a better place when those whom God has blessed assist the less privileged, assuring that he and his family will continue to do things that could make life worth living for fellow human beings.
On the issue of salaries, the Governor said he understands the difficulties workers of the state are facing as a result of the delay in payment of salaries, promising that his adminstration will ensure that all outstanding wages are cleared as soon as funds are available.
"I feel the pains of our workers and I want them to know that the current financial situation is not limited to Benue State. Many other states cannot pay salaries as we speak. But I am confident that God will soon provide a solution to the challenge", he assured.
Governor Ortom reiterated the position of the Benue State Government on grazing reserves, stressing that the bill for ranching of cattle will soon be sent to the State House of Assembly as the state has no land for grazing reserves.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion and former governorship candidate in the state, Professor Daniel Saror, condemned the attacks and killing of innocent people by herdsmen in parts of the state.
Professor Saror congratulated Governor Ortom and other awardees on the honour done them and prayed God to enable the Governor handle the challenges confronting the state.
Other recipients of the awards were Reverend Father Christopher Utov, Architect Asema Achado, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Mr Julius Atorough, Reverend Father Kuha Indyer, Miss Favour Ada Paul, Mrs Theresa Atser-Iwail and Mr Audu Danlamin David