By Kyungun, Paul.
The executive Governor of Benue State Dr Samuel Ortom has restated his commitment towards eradicating poverty, ignorance and disease in the State.
The Governor who disclosed this yesterday in an extended caucus meeting of the State chapter of All Progressive Congress at the New Banquet Hall of Benue people's House Makurdi said, most of the comments people throws on Social media is as a result of ignorance. He said with ignorance, people tends to believe in every rumour not minding where or how the information is sourced. He maintained that he is still holding fast in fulfilling all his campaign promises and called on Benue people to rally round his administration to succeed.
He enumerated some of his achievements in office within 9months as includes amnesty programme, accreditation of College of Health Sciences which graduated two set of medical Doctors for the first time since the inception of the School after 11years, release of about two hundred million for the rehabilitation and accreditation of School of Nursing and Midwifery Makurdi which has not graduated Students for more than 4years, release of funds for the completion of Assembly Complex, release of funds for the construction of Daudu-Gbajimba Road and that of Uni-Agric Gbajimba Road, approval for the completion of abandoned Road Projects by the previous administration, release of funds for the massive construction/rehabilitation of public Primary Schools across the State among others.
He maintained that it is under his administration that 18percent minimum wage was implemented adding that, it is in view of this that the State and Local Government salary wage has increased to 4billion and 3.7billion respectively. He emphasized on his relentless effort to continue to fish out ghost workers to ascertain the actual staff weight in the civil service.
Speaking on the present economic situation in the Country, the Governor expressed sadness over the dwindling oil price but expressed confidence that the Buhari led Government will get out of the challenges and deliver on his campaign promises. According to the Governor, crude oil was sold at 140 USA dollars per barren between 2014 to early 2015 but has stand between 35 to 40 USA dollar per barren in recent times. The Governor who said that the State allocation which used to stand between 5, 6 or even 7billion per Month is now between 1.7 and 2billion. He explained the processes he went through to negotiate with Labour union heads and maintained that, he has been able to pay salaries to State up to December last year and owes up to 3 months to Local Government staff.
He called on critics of his administration to find out what is happening in other State explaining that many other State whose salary wage bill is not up to that of Benue have owed their workers up to Seven or Eight Months due to the dwindling oil price and called on all well meaning individuals to unite and Pray with One voice as God is willing to do something greater for the people.