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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has flagged off a rural road to link communities in Guma, his home council area, with those of neighboring Awe local government area in Nasarawa State. Performing the flag off ceremony on his behalf today, Special Adviser Rural Development and Cooperatives, Dr Adzer Abya, handed over the contractor to the community so that the work could commence. His colleague on Politics and Inter-Party Affairs, Mr Saawuan Tarnongu, assured the people of the area who have suffered incessant attacks from herdsmen that the Anti-Open Grazing Law would be implemented to the letter. He spoke at Tse-Ortom, in Guma where the construction of the 28 kilometer Tse-Ortom – Tse-Iordye Akaahena feeder road which extends to Nasarawa state, commenced. Mr Tarnongu appealed to the people to avoid any acts capable of jeopardizing the implementation of the law which he said had received the endorsement of majority of Nigerians. Special Adviser on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Alhaji Isah Usman, who led the Committee on sensitization visits to selected leaders in the Northern states said no one kicked against the Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law during their visits. In a welcome address, Guma Local Government chairman, Mr. Anthony Shawon, said the poor condition of the road had been a hindrance to the tracking down of criminals in the area by security personnel. He urged the people not to take the law into their hands but rather report cases of infringement on their rights by herders to security agencies for appropriate action. Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Matthew Mnyam, encouraged the people of Guma to be proud of their son as the world was celebrating him for enacting and implementing the Anti- Open Grazing Law. He expressed appreciation to the people for their patience with the Ortom administration, and called on the youths to form cooperative societies in order to access loans from financial institutions and other benefits from the Social Investment Programme of the All Progressives Congress, APC led-administration. District Head of Nzorov, Chief Gwatse Akaahena, assured the contractor of the safety of his equipment and staff as the community would provide security for them. Responding on behalf of the contractor, the Project Manager of Dan Ella Global Business Limited, Engineer Samuel Agbatar, said the company had been mobilized to execute the project, and promised to complete the job on schedule in accordance with specifications.
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Benue News
The Benue Community in Ebonyi State today staged a solidarity rally in support of Governor Samuel Ortom over the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law enacted by the State Government.
The Group which carried barners and placards bearing various messages of solidarity with Governor Ortom, stormed Government House, Abakaliki where one of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum events was taking place. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi and other top government officials accompanied Governor Ortom to receive members of the Benue Community. Spokesman for the group, Mr David Mtu said the Benue State Government’s decision to make a law to end open grazing and encourage ranching has written the name of Governor Ortom in gold. “Your Excellency, we are not physically at home but we have not stuttered in following developments at home, most recent being the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which came into effect on Wednesday the 1st of November, 2017. The law which most of us couldn’t wait to see its implementation has no doubt generated a lot of reactions. But majority of the lovers of peace in Benue and beyond have been unanimous that the law couldn’t have come at a better time”, Mr Mtu stated. The group commended Governor Ortom for the courage and tenacity his administration demonstrated in ensuring that the law came into being. “We are full of joy by the birth of this legislation. We can’t appreciate your administration enough for this wonderful gift to your people. We encourage you to avoid any distractions and push for the full implementation of the law to the latter. Posterity will never forget you”, the group’s leader emphasised. Responding, Governor Ortom thanked the Benue Community in Ebonyi State for the show of solidarity and assured them that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law will be fully implemented. He restated the commitment of his administration to the development of all sectors of the state economy, saying that though the challenges are many, the state will overcome the current hurdles and maximize its full potentials.
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Awards/Endorsements
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says engaging in humanitarian service to put smiles on the faces of people gives him fulfillment.
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.
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Awards/Endorsements
Samuel Ortom is the WORKMAN who has attracted so many awards in recognition of his extra-ordinary performance. Find in this article, some of such awards……
  1. Merit award by St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, High Level, Makurdi.
  2. Selfless Service Award by National Union of Benue State Students, NUBESS, University of Calabar
  3. Comradeship Award by Nigeria Labour Congress, Benue State Council
  4. National Fellowship/Merit Award by National Union of Road Transport Workers’ Union of Nigeria Nyamikyume in Nzorov,
  5. Traditional Honorific Chieftaincy Title conferred by both the Nzorov District and Guma Local Government Area Traditional Councils Vande u Nongov,
  6. Honorific Chieftaincy Title by Nongov Traditional Council, Agasha
  7. Fellow/Patron by Institute of Accounting Executives of Nigeria
  8. National Patron, Committee of Friends, Naka
  9. Merit Award by Tiv Youths Organization
  10. Merit Award by Boy Scouts of Nigeria, Benue State Chapter
  11. Merit Award by Nigeria Union of Teachers, Benue State Wing
  12. Honorary Fellow by Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria
  13. Certified and Distinguished Local Government Administrators’ Award by Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria
  14. Fellow by All Nations Evangelism Ministries Inc. Makurdi.
  15. Merit Award by International Affairs Leadership Parliament of Five American Christian Universities in the United States of America and Trinity College of Ministerial Arts, Aba
  16. Generational Award by National Union of Benue State Students, NUBESS, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  17. Best Sales Manager Award by Pepsi-Cola International, African Region, 1987
  18. Patron Merit Award by Association of Journalism Students, Ahmadu Bello University, 1997.
  19. Merit Award by School of Remedial Students Union, Makurdi, 1996.
  20. Merit Award by Benue State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, 1, 11 and 111.
  21. Leadership in Political Organization Award by Benue Volunteers Foundation, 2003.
  22. Merit Award by Genesis Youth Club, Makurdi.
  23. Merit Award by Rotaract Club of Nigeria University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  24. Merit Award by Leo Club of Makurdi, 2002.
  25. Promoter of Nigeria’s Nascent Democracy, by Benue State Government, 2006.
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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s efforts at ensuring peace in the state and its neighbours through the amnesty programme has won the recognition of the United Nations, UN.
Governor Ortom has been invited to deliver a keynote address during the 6th Biennial Meetings of States – BMS6 organised by the UN and scheduled to hold between the 6th and 10th of June this year in New York, United States of America. The event is UN’s ‘Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in all Aspects’ which is also aimed at considering the national, regional and global implementation of the roadmap to peace. The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), in a letter to Governor Samuel Ortom on the 6th Biennial Meetings of the UN, said the amnesty programme of the state initiated by the present administration has been adopted as a model in Africa and other parts of the world for ending conflicts through peaceful disarmament. The letter added that during the New York event, efforts to attract additional international partnership/funding for the implementation of PRESCOM’s intervention in Benue State will also be in focus. It will be recalled that more than 700 youths embraced the Ortom administration’s amnesty programme and hundreds of assorted weapons were recovered.
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Speeches
GOVERNOR ORTOM’S DEDICATION PRAYER Heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we bow in worship to you for bringing us to this day. You created the heavens and earth and made us to dwell in the land of Benue State for your praise and glory. It has also pleased you to make me Samuel Ortom governor of Benue State to do justice and righteousness so that the people may rejoice and fulfill their destiny as individuals and as a corporate people.
2. O LORD God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the One who You made the heavens and the earth. Your throne O God is forever and ever. 3. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness because righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. 4. O LORD God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, please incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear, open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words that I speak in your presence before these witnesses and also hear the prayers of your servants and people. 5. Heavenly Father, you put in my heart on January 1st 2016 to dedicate Benue State to you so that You can fulfill your eternal plans that you purposed for us before the world was made. Your Word clearly says that: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins and heal their land.” 2nd Chronicles 7 vs. 14. 6. In obedience to your prompting, we have sought your face during the last fourteen (14) days and prayed and turned from our wicked ways. Therefore humbly hear us from heaven, forgive our sins and heal Benue State. 7. Once again I identify with all the acts of wickedness perpetrated by all the former leaders as well as the followers that have offended your righteous laws. I aggregate all the transgressions of idolatry, ancestor worship, bloodshed, occultism and all evil which we have already repented of and ask that the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our redeemer and great High priest will avail to cleanse us and the entire Benue State of their guilt and sanction. Please LORD let the fountain of the Blood of Jesus Christ be open over Benue State in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 8. Heavenly Father, having forgiven our sins we ask that You will heal and restore Benue State to the original purpose and mandate that you intended for her. However LORD, so that we never return to the evil of the past, I wish to dedicate Benue State to you as an everlasting possession. Your Word clearly states that: “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” Psalm 24 vs. 1. 9. Therefore Benue State is the LORD’s and all its fullness including the men, women, boys, girls, children, fathers, ministers, elders, lands, rivers, trees, hills, mountains, agricultural resources, mineral resources, villages, towns, local governments, ministries, departments, agencies, legislature, judiciary, security agencies, industries, executive council, including I Samuel Ortom as governor. 10. On this 30th Day of May in the year 2016, I Samuel Ortom, the one whom You O LORD by sovereign grace and election has made governor and leader over this land of Benue State, do dedicate this Land and all its fullness to You the only true God. Henceforth Benue State shall be called the possession of the Most High God! Oh Lord of Israel, as a people we surrender to you. We have come back today because there is no God like you in Heaven above or on earth below. The Lord, the Compassionate, Merciful and Gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, praise be to the Lord, the God of Benue from everlasting to everlasting, Amen. 11. O LORD, we also seek to enter into a covenant with You. Your Word declares that you are a God that keeps covenants for thousands of generations. 12. We also as the people of Benue State represented here by myself Governor Samuel Ortom, Priests, and Elders from the entire State seek to enter into a perpetual covenant with you the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the only true God, Elohim. Please receive us as your people afresh and use us for your glory as you intended from the very beginning. 13. All other negative covenants that our fathers, and other leaders may have entered into in error or even deliberately contrary to Your will and purpose now stand nullified in the name and by the power in the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 14. Heavenly Father let a New Benue State arise in accordance with this your divine timing. We pledge to continue to walk with you in righteousness and justice so that your glory shall be revealed in and from Benue State for all flesh to see. 15. Thank you Oh God of mercy for you are slow in anger and abundance in love. Thank you for your deliverance, and for healing. May your name be exalted and be praise for ever and ever. Amen. His Excellency Samuel Ortom, The Executive Governor of Benue State, Nigeria Dated this 30th day of May, 2016
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