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11 Oct 2017

GOV ORTOM HAS NOT FAILED BENUE PEOPLE - CPS

By Jimin Geoffrey

Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Mr. Terver Akase says his principal has not failed the people of the state in the face of lean financial resources available as a result of the current economic situation in the country.

Mr. Akase stated this today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi while reacting to media reports that Governor Ortom had admitted failure in his obligations to workers and the entire people of the state.

He said the Ortom administration came with a lot of commitment and zeal to transform the state and to ensure timely and regular payment of salaries to  workers as and when due but the reality of the economy had made things difficult.

According to him, in the said interview in which the Governor was misquoted to have accepted failure, Governor Ortom was only passionate and frank to workers that he understands their predicament and he stands with them in this period with the assurance that their welfare would be given priority as soon as resources improve.

The Chief Press Secretary maintained that as a responsible and honest leader, the Governor had only expressed worry while briefing newsmen at the end of his meeting with Labour leaders that he could not pay salaries regularly as he would have done due to dwindling resources accruing to the State.

Mr. Akase stated that Governor Ortom has worked hard in the last two years to correct the ills his administration inherited to give hope to workers, stressing that pensioners who were described by the last administration as dead people are now treated with respect as senior citizens.

The CPS said in the present circumstances, Governor Ortom is a huge success in the areas of security, agriculture, education, health and transparent management of resources, adding that the Governor's two year scorecard has spoken for him.

He advised journalists to concentrate more on development journalism rather than reportage that seeks to destroy the society.
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