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15 Sep 2016


By Ede Ogaba Ede

The difficult economic situation in the country notwithstanding, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom is upbeat about the economy and has assured people of the state that with the various measures put in place by both the federal and state governments at diversification, the economy would bounce back stronger and the country better for it.
Governor Ortom who exonerated President Muhammed Buhari of blame for the current economic situation spoke today when the Muslim community in Benue state led by Alhaji Sheik Ibrahim Aliyu paid him Sallah homage at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu said that apart from the looting and gross mismanagement of the economy by the last administration, the global downturn in the prices of the nation main revenue earner, crude oil, and the wanton destruction of pipelines and oil facilities have combined to undermine the effort by the present government at resuscitating the economy.
Governor Ortom who said that so much has been achieved by his government in attracting foreign investments to the state as could be seen in the number of memorandum of Understanding signed with them assured that very soon, many of these companies would come into the state and help re-invigorate the economy particularly in the area of employment generation, wealth creation and infrastructural development.
The governor who commended the Muslim Ummah in the state for its adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed and their disciplined conduct called on other states to emulate the peaceful Christian-Muslim relation in the state.
He assured the Muslims that before the year runs out, the Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board would be reconstituted in line with their request, explaining however that, the delay in doing so till now is because the government desires to put the right people there, adding that they don’t want to put people that will corrupt the system or sell seats to intending pilgrims.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Sheik Ibrahim Aliyu thanked the governor for his support to the Muslim community in the state and pledged their unalloyed support and loyalty to the government.
He stated that the Muslim ummah in the state have no other place than Benue and assured the government that they are peaceful and would remain peaceful and obedient to constituted authority.
He commended the government industrialization drive even in the face of the economic challenges facing the nation and advised that to overcome the huge challenges, there is urgent need for diversification of the economy.
Sheik Aliyu thanked the governor for his quick response to their request during the last Sallah homage that roads in their area be included among those to be rehabilitated by the state government.
There were goodwill messages from Muslim faithfuls from the three senatorial zones in the state with all them pledging their support to the government of Dr. Samuel Ortom and his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu.
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