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Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work on the ongoing rehabilitation of some township roads and construction of drainages in Makurdi, the state capital.

He spoke yesterday while inspecting ongoing work, on the Wurukum Round About – Air Force Base road, Ankpa Quarters junction to Adaka road as well as Pever Agenga Street beside Customary Court of Appeal, Logo II, all in Makurdi.

The Governor who stated that the rehabilitation work was being funded from the N3.5 billion facility accessed from the United Bank of Africa, UBA, stressed that identified issues would be discussed with the contractors.

He stated that some of the roads being rehabilitated were federal roads but people of the state bore the brunt as a result of their deplorable state, hence the repairs, stressing that the federal ministry of works had been adequately informed of the development and refunds would be sought as was the normal tradition.

Governor Ortom, who also inspected the reconstructed St. Theresa Primary School Makurdi which work was done through the 2011 – 2015 UBEC/SUBEB intervention said more primary schools in the hinterlands would be captured when the N6.6 billion being expected was accessed.

He stated that he had already directed that contractors who abandoned work on the SUBEB projects be handed over to anti-graft agencies for prosecution.

While fielding questions from newsmen, Governor Ortom charged those involved in cult related activities to desist from such acts before the long arm of the law would catch up with them.

Earlier he visited wife of the member representing Katsina-Ala West Constituency in the state Assembly, Mrs. Hembadoon Tor Aye, who was being treated for fractures sustained during an attack on her by hoodlums and directed her immediate evacuation to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital Makurdi for better medical attention.

He also gave financial assistance to all the patients on admission in the private clinic and offered support to the proprietor of the clinic for renovation of facilities.


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Deputy Chief Whip and Chairman, House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on the recent tragedy at Buruku crossing point on River Katsina-Ala, Mr. Pally Iriase, has described Governor Samuel Ortom as a beacon of hope for Nigeria’s democracy.

He spoke yesterday at a cocktail party and grand performance which the Governor organized in honour of the committee and that of works at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

Mr. Iriase stated that the Governor had written his name in gold by his love and passion for the lives of his people, stressing that the primary duty of government is to protect lives and property adding that no leader should pay lip service to this important responsibility.

While empathising with the Governor as well as government and people of Benue State over the continuous loss of lives at the Buruku crossing point, Mr. Iriase said construction of a bridge at the crossing point was long overdue.

He said the current National Assembly was sad that the bridge in question had already been captured in the 2009 national budget with a design done but never executed, stressing that the loss of lives at the crossing point was preventable.

Mr. Iriase noted that when constructed, the bridge would serve both the northern and Eastern parts of the country.

Chairman Committee on Works, Mr. Taiwo Akintola, stated that the legislators were proud of Governor Ortom’s stand for a greater Nigeria, assuring that the bridge would be captured in the next budget and everything would be done to ensure that it was constructed.

Governor Ortom lauded the House of Representatives for standing firm in defence of democracy in the country, saying they had chosen the path of honour even when some representatives went on “drinking spree.”

He noted that time has come for Nigerians to speak out against the ills in the country like Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, stressing that the majority of Benue people was committed to ensuring a better Nigeri
Governor Ortom noted that all the federal roads in the state were dilapidated and called for urgent attention to prevent avoidable carnage on them as was the present case.

He expressed appreciation to the member representing Buruku at the National Assembly, Mr. Emmanuel Orker Jev for bringing the matter on the floor of the House, saying his antecedents have endeared him to his people.