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29 May 2016


 Compiled By Asema Peter
Upon assumption of office on the 29 May 2015 Gov. Samuel Ortom has achieved the following:
1. Amnesty Programme
2. Procurement of 20 pickup vehicles for security surveillance in the state
3. Provision of a Vehicle for the MDLEA to support its operation.
4. Resolution of disputes with unions few days after taking over the resumption of
Benue State University (BSU) from strike
5. Raising of 7.6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of over 700 primary
schools in the state
6. Drilling of 100 boreholes in some primary schools
7. Conclusion of plans to supply furniture in the 700 primary schools
8. Completion of arrangements for the procurement and installation of 100
9. Portal construction in primary and Junior secondary schools across the state.
10. Constitution of a visitation panels
11. Facilitation of accreditation of seven programmes at BSU
12. Conclusion of plans to rehabilitate 64 post- primary schools across the state
13. Re-training of 10,000 primary school teachers
14. Re-training of 6000 secondary school teachers in conjunction with Peace House
15. Conclusion of plans to handover private schools to their owners
16. Reversal of conditional charges instituted by the management at BSU
17. Payment of accreditation requirements for College of Health Sciences
18. Accreditation of Benue State University Teaching Hospital
19. Securing of accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
20. Graduation of 40 doctors
21. Rehabilitation of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery
22. Rehabilitation of College of Health Science Agasha to pave way for
23. Constitution and inauguration of Primary Health Board
24. First State to meet requirements for accessing the 2015 Round of MDGS/SDG
Conditional Grants in Nigeria
25. Payment of 1.2 billion for construction and equipment of Modern Primary Health
Centers in 33 communities in the state.
26. Commencement of the construction of Skills Acquisition and Enterprise
Development Centers.
27. Commencement of the construction of Orange Packaging Plants
28. Commencement of the construction of Boreholes under SDGS in parts of the
29. Award of contract for the construction and equipping of laboratories at the
Akperan Orshi College of Agriculture Yandev
30. Plans to rehabilitate Agric Centres at Mbatie and Otobi and making them Agric
Business Schools
31. Procurement of fertilizer and payment of 38 percent subsidy for the benefit of
32. Facilitation of 2 billion naira CBN agricultural loans for disbursement to Benue
33. Signing of agreement with Torra KFT for the completion and takeover of the
Wannune Tomato factory
34. The same approach applies to: Igumale Cement, Tarraku Mills, Otukpo Burnt
Bricks Factory and many other comatose state owned industries
35. Implementation of 18,000 minimum wage for primary school teachers in the
36. Obtaining and payment of 28 billion naira bailout to workers at the state and
local govt.
37. Obtaining a N10 billion infrastructure facility
38. Mobilization of contractor handling Zaki Biam-Afia-Gbeji Road 46.52KM
39. Mobilization of contractor handling Taraku-Naka-Agagbe road 62 KM
40. Mobilization of contractor handling Oju-Obussa-Utonkon road 52.00Km
41. Mobilization of contractor handling Otukpo-Utonkon road 55.61 Km
42. Mobilization of contractor handling Oshigbudu-Ogbaji road 10 Km
43. Mobilization of contractor handling Igbor-Ikpa-Wannune road 36.732Km
44. Mobilization of contractor handling Vandeikya-Koti-Yough-Adikpo road 32.00Km
45. Mobilization of contractor handling Ge-Ikyobo-Agbede-Amua-Anshagba road 37
46. Mobilization of contractor handling Torfonga-Zaki Biam with spur to
Tsewuaze-Tiza-Shila road 45.14 KM
47. Mobilization of contractor handling Daudu-Gbajimba road
48. Mobilization of contractor handling Achusa Welfare Quarters Road
49. Aliede-Obarito Road
New Roads
50. Mobile Police Barracks- Yaikyo-Apir road 24KM
51. Origbo-Imande Akpur- Gbajimba road 40.397KM
52. Release of N300 million for the completion of the new Benue State House of
Assembly Complex
53. Reduction of Commissioners from 17 to 13
54. Reduction of Advisers from 28 to 13
55. Reduction of local and international travels
56. Reduction of entitlements by 500,000
57. Creation of decorum in civil service
58. Approval for the renovation of Ministry of Justice Headquarters, Makurdi
59. Approval for the renovation of judges Quarters in Makurdi and Otukpo
60. Appointment of President, Customary Court of Appeal
61. Resumption of payment of wardrobe allowances to government lawyers
62. Granting of amnesty to 100 convicts
63. Provision of vehicle to the Makurdi Minimun Security Prison
64. Provision of vehicles to judges
65. Setting of Judicial Commission of Inquiry into funds accrued to Benue between
2007 -2015
66. Setting up of Administrative Commission of Inquiry into the sale and lease of
government property
67. Introduction of Treasury Single Account, TSA, at the local government
68. Inclusion of labour unions including NLC, TUC and NUT into disbursement of
69. Holding of regular stakeholders meetings to brief stakeholders on the state of
70. Sighing of an MOU and engagement of an ICT consultant, JM Technologies
Nigeria Limited to fast tract ICT programmes in the state
71. Collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency,
NITDA for the establishment of Benue State Information Technology
Development Agency, BITDA
72. Procurement and installation of new transformers at Radio bBenue
73. Payment of N13 million as part of partnership between Benue State Government
and DAAR Communications for the establishment AIT Radio and Televisions in
74. Partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and the Rockefeller
Foundation and the Training of over 2000 unemployed youths from the 23 local government
75. Re- engagement and mobilization of contractor to resume work at the Benue Printing and
Publishing Corporation, BPPC, publishers of The Voice Newspaper
76. Establishment of website and live streaming at Radio Benue.
78. Establishment of Situation Room.
79. Re-engagement with Development Partners, UN, UNHCR,UNEPA,WORLD BANK, IFAD,
USAID for the provision of Education, Health Services and other projects
80. Signing of MOU with Chinese, German, American and other investors.
81. Payment of over 5 billion for counterpart fund to development partners
82. 450 million left from the 5.5 billion.
83. Ensured the restoration of water supply in Otukpo and Katsina-Ala after paying 900 million
to the contractor.
84. Commencer of the process to reticulate water in Makurdi.
Support for the execution of 166 water projects in Tarkaa, Konshisha, Oju and Ogbadibo
through BERWASSA.
85. Constitution of New Board and Management.
86. Introduction of Point of Sale (POS) machines.
87. Increase of IGR from 2500 Million to 500 Million.
88. Reinvigoration of the Benue State Rehabilitation Centre Apir and provision of a vehicle.
89. Rejuvenation of Lobi Stars Football Club who are currently 3rd on the league table.
90. Identification and placement of elderly people on salary.
91. Signing of MOU with Wuzheng Group for setting up of Tractor Assembly plant in Makurdi.
92. Signing of Sister city agreement between Makurdi and Lanzhou.
93. Finalization of discussions with Chinese Core Investor in Star Cement, Igumale on issues of
access road, mining lease and expatriate quota.
94. Obtained commitment from the Lanyang Industrial Development Limited for investment
into the Housing, Hospitality and Tourism sectors.
95. Received appointment from the China National One Belt One Road Fund Management
Company Limited as Vice Chairman of China Finance and Industry Limited Cooperation
Summit for Africa and Chairman of Nigeria Investment Committee.
96. Anchoring of the first North-Central States Investment and Business Forum in Guangzhou,
97.Attending the global Canton Fair
98. Accompanied Mr. President to China.
99. Invited by UN to be honoured for initiating amnesty come June 6th 2016 in USA.
100. Payment of 20million to host communities for AIT.
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