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3 Oct 2017


By Terkaa Gbashinbo

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today said his government is committed to finding a lasting solution to the issue of salaries in the state.
The Governor stated this today in Gbajimba during a town hall meeting of Guma local Government held in Gbajimba, the local government headquarters.
Represented by the House of Representative Member representing Makurdi/Guma federal constituency Hon. Dickson Tarkir.
He said even though the state was still battling with payment of salaries, his administration has done a lot in other areas such as agriculture, security, education and particularly charged the people to embrace agriculture which the state has a comparative advantage.
Speaking separately, Mr Mike Iordye admonished the people of Guma to be careful and avoid being mislead by antics of the opposition about 2019 general election. He maintained that precedence of two terms in Benue politics must not be tempered with, given reference that it was not because of their excellent performances that Akume and Suswam were voted in first and second term respectively.
Mr. Mike Iordye however lamented on the challenges of successive administration’s inability to offset salaries owing to the fact that Benue State Government has a fat wage bill due to the civil service density and duplicated institutions of learning citing the case of Lagos as one of the biggest state with only one state own collage of education and Polytechnic.
Also in his speech, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, member Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency thanked the people of Guma for the support he has so far enjoyed from them and sued for greater synergy to attract more democratic dividends from the government of governor Samuel Ortom and his representation. Displaying his scorecards within two years as a representative, he informed the people that he was able to influence projects which include: reconstruction of Abinsi-Tyulen road with construction of a bridge across the river which has being included in the 2018 project, construction of classroom blocks across Makurdi/Guma, construction of a town hall at Abinsi in Guma, facilitates employment of over 25 constituents in Makurdi/ Guma and sponsorship of bills which include the Prohibition of open grazing and livestock promotion amongs several others.
In their reactions, Elder Vanger Iyohon, who spoke for Nongov people thanked the people for coming out in their numbers to grace the meeting and reassured the governor of their unwavering support on his 2019 bid. He further unfolded the situation of rain drop in the dry season at the endorsement of Samuel Ortom as the candidate in 2014 where he, Elder Jerome Hwande, Elder John Azulor and Elder Sylvanus Agabgbe did the rituals, describing governor Samuel Ortom as a child of divine providence.
On his part, Elder John Azulor who spoke for Ihyarev people in Guma thanked governor Ortom for his efforts of changing the fortunes of the state and assured the governor of their total support come 2019 , insisting that there can’t be a duplicate of blessing as their son Samuel Ortom have already received their blessings. He added that, Elder Jerome Hwande, he and Elder Vanger Iyohon all needed to meet with their son governor Ortom for an in house discussion as elders.
In his fatherly disposition and advice, HRH Chief Ivokor Unongo, the Ter Guma thanked the people for answering the call and advice them for a greater turn up should their be need for another call of this kind.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Hon. Gber the APC Chairman of Guma Local Government thank the people for honouring their invitation for the town hall meeting and reaffirms their readiness as party men in the governing party for 2019 as they have seen governor Samuel Ortom’s determination in turning around the fortunes of the state.

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