The attention of the Benue State Judiciary under the leadership of the State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Iorhemen Hwande, OFR, has been drawn to reports of gun men's invasion of courts in the state that appeared in some national dailies on 3rd November, 2016.
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism will soon take off in Benue State with an offer to train up to 1000 students in the sector.
The institute would take off at the Entrepreneurship Development Centre for the North Central Zone in Makurdi.
Director General of the Institute, Mrs.Chika Balogun, made the disclosure today during an interview with journalists shortly after Governor Samuel Ortom inspected facilities at the center.
Mrs Balogun said the institute would issue certificates to all the trainees that would enable them to secure jobs in the sector any where in the world.
She stressed the need for the people of the state to take advantage of the training which would expose them to numerous job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry within the country and elsewhere in the World.
Also speaking, the Programme Director, CBN Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Mr.Lucky Onmonya, said the Centre was at the moment training 500 people through a tripartite agreement, adding that those trained had been fully equipped to be meaningfully engaged upon graduation.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom said he decided to lead a delegation to visit the Centre to see the level of work done preparatory to the commencement of activities temporary by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.
Governor Ortom who said the training of more people of the state at the institute would add value the lives of people in the state and promised sustained monitoring so as to ensure early completion of work.
The Director of the Benue State Council For Arts and Culture, Mr Terseer Aernyi, presented trophies and certificates won at the National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST, to the Governor during the visit.
Governor Ortom and his delegation thereafter inspected on-going work at the Skills Acquisition Centre in Makurdi being constructed under the conditional grants scheme of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Governor Samuel Ortom today swore in a new Permanent Secretary, Dr Joseph Kumba, with a charge that he should eschew negative tendencies that weighed the state from moving forward.
Until his elevation, Dr Kumba was the Director of Public Health, in the State Ministry of Health and Human Services.
Performing the ceremony today at the Benue People's House, Makurdi, Governor Ortom said the appointment was based on the appointees sound character,integrity and track record of experience as a seasoned professional and technocrat.
He urged the New Permanent Secretary to shun all negative tendencies that weighed down the state the most prominent of which is corruption and congratulated him for what he described as the well deserved appointment.
The Governor assured him of government's assistance within available resources just like his other colleagues already on ground and stressed the need for the people particularly members of the State Executive Council to cooperate with him to succeed.
Responding, Dr.Kumba expressed gratitude to the Governor for finding him worthy to serve in such an exalted capacity in the State Civil Service and pledged to be of exemplary conduct.
He pledged total commitment to the service of the State and maintained that his primary concern would be to contribute to anything that would add value to the Ortom administrstion for it to succeed.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today directed his Water and Environment Commissioner to make a submission to him on the possibility of constructing a dam on River Katsina-Ala near Sati in Ushongo local government area.
He gave the directive during a courtesy call by the Ikov Development Association at the Benue Peoples House.
Governor Ortom stated that such a dam at the famous water fall on the river might be used for irrigation and provision of electricity and directed that the submission should also include other places in the state with similar features.
He extolled the leadership virtues of the Speaker of the State Assembly, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, who is an indigene of the area saying the community had properly groomed him for inspiring leadership roles which he was providing to the people of the state.
Governor Ortom stated that he and the Speaker came from places that were minorities and had been marginalised hence their resolve never to condone or promote marginalisation of any group in the state.
"Both of us are humble as a result of our chequered life experiences which are predicated on the fear of God hence we reach out to complement each other," he stated.
"There has been no rivalry between the executive and the legislature as well as none between the Governor and the Speaker, we've had a cordial working relationship."
President General of the Ikov Development Association, Mr Ordue Gawan James listed the Governor's support for the emergence of their son as speaker, contributions to the building of a church, award of contracts for electrification and facelift of schools in the community as some of the good things the Governor had done to the people of the area.
He requested the construction of access roads, take over of the Manor Day Secondary School and construction of a dam in the area.
Ikov District Head, Chief Daniel Ayada, commended Governor Ortom for ensuring prompt payment of the salaries of traditional rulers inspite of the economic challenges, construction of selected bridges as well as the creation of more wards in the area.
Governor Samuel Ortom has accented to the Local Government Amendment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly which approved the appointment of sole administrators for the 23 councils in the state.
He signed the law at an expanded caucus of the All Progressives Congress, APC stakeholders meeting held at the Benue People's House, Makurdi attended by party stalwarts across the State.
Governor Ortom explained that the Sole Administrators would be appointed for six months pending the conduct of local government polls adding that if the elections failed to hold their tenure could be renewed for another six months.
According to him, lack of funds were responsible for the delay in the conduct of the local government elections assuring that as soon as the situation improved the elections would be held.
He said even though the amended local government law gives him the prerogative of appointing the sole administrators, he would, as a democrat, give stakeholders from each local government the opportunity to make three nominations which must include a woman.
The Governor warned stakeholders against lobbying and assured that appointments would be made on the basis of truth, equity and fairness.
While expressing optimism that Nigeria and Benue would soon get out of the recession, Governor Ortom commended people of the state for heeding to his call of going back to land.
He said from what he has seen, the people have made appreciable effort and announced that some investors have indicated readiness to invest billions of naira in the resuscitation of some of the moribund industries.
Governor Ortom disclosed that the investor for Taraku Mills has earmarked about N5 billion for the purchase of saya beans for the factory and explained that in Benue, farmers have noting to lose by embarking on large scale cultivation of the product.
On the provision of electricity at the Industrial Layout, Makurdi, the governor said a firm has set aside $18 million dollars for that purpose and added that 10 mega watts of electricity would be provided.
According to him, the state government has already made available five hectares of land for the project for which the electricity regulatory commission has been duly notified.
He disclosed that the state government would not spend a kobo on the project and emphasized that power supply would be on 24 hour basis.
Earlier, the state APC Chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro gave guidelines on where the position of sole administrators should be zoned to in each local government and noted that names of those involved in anti- party activities were being compiled for disciplinary action.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today announced a donation of N10 million to assist the NKST Mkar School of Nursing and Midwifery to meet up with accreditation requirements.
He also presented four vehicles to the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi while expressing optimism that with concerted efforts to meet required standards their accreditation would be secured.
Governor Ortom spoke at the Benue Peoples House where he received a delegation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria led by Mrs Okeoma Chiemeka.
According to him it was regrettable that the schools lost accreditation for several years on account of previous government neglect inspite of what he described as its enormous contributions to health care delivery in the state and several countries abroad.
Governor Ortom said the determination of his administration was to upgrade the School of Nursing Makurdi and affiliate it with the College of Health Sciences at the Benue State University to become a degree awarding institution.
He expressed the hope that soon he would invite the council to return and inspect facilities at the school in the realisation of that objective.
The Governor commended faith based organizations in the state for their contributions to the development of the state particularly in the education and health sectors and assured them of the state government’s support.
Leader of the accreditation team, Mrs Chiemeka, pledged that the council would do its work in accordance with the guidelines.
Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the political will and commitment he has exhibited in ensuring the resumption of the two schools.
The Special Adviser to Benue State Governor on Media and Information Communication Technology, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, has filed a suit claiming damages of N50 million against the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom.
In suit number MCH/316/16 filed at the Makurdi High Court by his son, Mr. Terna Agerzua of Emmanuel Law Partners, the adviser is seeking three other major reliefs.
These includes “a declaration that the libelous publication by the defendant on Facebook dated 19th day of September, 2016 against the plaintiff is false, unfounded, unwarranted and defamatory in nature.”
“An order of court directing the defendant to retract the said libelous publication via the same medium (Facebook),” as well as “directing the defendant to tender a public apology to the plaintiff and cause same to be published in at least two national and local newspapers.”
In his statement of claim Mr. Agerzua stated that Mr. Iortyom made a libelous publication alleging that he diverted the sum of N10 million meant for members of the Independent Print-Media Publishers Association of Nigeria.
According to Mr. Agerzua, upon seeing the fallacious publication he immediately issued a rejoinder and demanded a retraction within 24 hours.
He said the leadership of IPPAN also issued a public statement refuting the publication through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Nelson Ogbu.
Rather than retract the publication, the defendant continued to circulate the said publication to different Facebook groups while his allies shared it to defame the plaintiff’s reputation, the statement of claim added.
Mr. Agerzua stated that when the defendant ignored his demand for a retraction he instructed his solicitor to write to him requesting same within seven days but he again refused hence his resort to the suit.