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By Tahav Agerzua
Major Stakeholders in the six local government areas which form two intermediate areas in the Tiv speaking part of Benue State known as Sankera and Jemgbagh yesterday lauded Governor Ortom for initiating the Town Hall meetings across the state.
Prominent sons and daughters from the six council areas of Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Logo, Buruku, Tarka and Gboko gathered and interacted with Governor Ortom in Katsina-Ala and Gboko.
All the 21 speakers who included community, religious, traditional, political and organized labour leaders as well as women and youth stated that apart from the military era when meet the peoples tour were organized the 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.
They lauded the Governor's amnesty programme, the resumption of work on abandoned roads, graduation of medical doctors at the Benue State University, the reconstruction of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery as well as College of Health Sciences at Agasha for reaccreditation in addition to resumption of water supply in Otukpo and Katsina-Ala.
The stakeholders however, expressed worry about the incessant herdsmen's attacks on various communities with attendant killings, destruction and displacement of large number of people warning that there were threats of impending hunger in the land as thousands of farmers had been displaced.
The speakers requested the Governor to take urgent steps to address rising criminality, unpaid salaries and pensions, youth unemployment, and gender imbalance in appointments.

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