Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday began what has not been seen in the state for a long time. In keeping his promise to constantly engage the people and let them have a say in the way they are led, Governor Ortom embarked on state-wide town hall meetings with stakeholders in all the socialcultural blocs of the state.



Sankera and Jemgbagh

The town hall meetings commenced in the Sankera axis with the venue at the conference hall of College of Education Katsina-Ala. The 2nd town hall meeting for the day took place at the Tiv Traditional Council Chambers, Gboko.

Below are some of the issues discussed during the two meetings:

- Invasion of Fulani herdsmen and other security challenges
- Rural development viz provision of social amenities etc
- Agriculture viz dry season farming (govt establishing dams, local cooperatives to be empowered through loans etc
- Youth employment viz revival of comatose industries
- Dwindling economy and the challenge of salary payment
- Trade and investment with emphasis on revival of marketing boards etc
- Revenue generation
- Education
- Improved healthcare and water supply
- Local government elections
- etc.

Stakeholders Commend Governor Ortom

At the two town hall meetings, stakeholders commended the decision of Governor Samuel Ortom in running a people oriented government.
All the 21 speakers from Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Logo, Buruku, Tarka and Gboko who included community, religious, traditional, political and organized labour leaders as well as women and youths stated that apart from the military era when meet-the-peoples tours were organized, the current meetings were the first of their kind in the civilian dispensation in the state.

Messrs Augustine Avaan, Aloysuis Apera, and Abu King Shuluwa spoke for Katsina-Ala; Imbautsa Alaigyu, Shaapera Bameun, and Godwin Akaan for Logo; while Ninga Biam, Lord Williams Annase, and Fabian Chiata spoke for Ukum.

Chief Jimmy Meeme spoke for traditional rulers in the Sankera axis while Comrade Jonathan Angu spoke for labour.

For Jemgbagh, the speakers were Haa Orpin, Moses Hanior, and Kuma Agudo for Gboko, Buruku and Tarka respectively.

Others were Chief Mrs Regina Akume, Sunny Nyior, Reverend James Orvannya, Professor Godwin Abari, Terese Tange, Jacob Jam and Chief Afaityo Ajoko for women, youths, the Christian Association of Nigeria, leaders of tertiary institutions, Tiv Youth Organization, students and royal fathers.

Governor Ortom responded to all the issues raised with a firm promise that his administration will continue to address the issues of development as it has already been doing.

Watch out for more updates today as Governor Ortom meets with the people of Kwande and Jechira.