Governor Samuel Ortom Thursday, 15th February, 2018 swore in a new Special Adviser on Security, Colonel Paul Hemba, retired.
He replaced retired Colonel Edwin Jando who had been redeployed to Ministry of Works, Transport and Energy.
Performing the ceremony at the Conference Hall of Governor’s Lodge, Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, Governor Ortom charged the new appointee to synergise with heads of security agencies, his colleagues as well as other relevant agencies that could impact positively on the security architecture of the state.
While noting that the need to overhaul the security apparatus of the state could not be overemphasized considering the current challenges in the sector, Governor Ortom urged the adviser to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment.
He commended his predecessor, Colonel Jando, retired, for the service he rendered to the state and charged him to sustain it in his new assignment adding that his experience was still useful to the state.
Responding, retired Colonel Hemba thanked the Governor for finding him worthy of the appointment and promised to put in his best as the security challenges confronting the state were enormous.
Born on 17th September, 1966, Colonel Hemba hails from Kwande Local government area.
After primary education at the Local Government Education Authority School, Gboko South, he proceeded to Bristow Secondary School, Gboko in 1978 and obtained the Ordinary Level General Certificate in Education in 1983.
Colonel Hemba was admitted at the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, in 1987 where he graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree, BSc Chemistry, in 1992.
He also obtained Advanced Diploma in Security Management and Operations from the University of Lagos, 2012, Masters in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from the same institution in 2014, as well as Masters in Transport Management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, in 2015.
Colonel Hemba attended several intelligence and other courses and served with the United Nations Mission in Dafur, Sudan, and Cote d’Ivoire as well as the Economic Community of West Africa Monitoring Group, ECOMOG, in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While in the military, he held several intelligence command positions, served on a Special Investigation Panel, and was Aid-De-Camp and Chief Security Officer.
He speaks Tiv, English, French and Hausa.