Ortom inaugurates Benue varsity’s governing council

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom Thursday inaugurated the 7th Governing Council of the Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi with a charge on them to reposition the institution to enable it attain greater heights. Performing the ceremony at the goverment house in Makurdi, the governor also charged the Chairman and Members of the Council to ensure that the university produces graduates who would be self-employed. He stated that the university with students population of 25, 000, is truly a great centre of learning in the country. He stressed that even the…

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COVID-19: Ortom inspects 200-bed isolation, treatment center

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State Friday inspected a 200-bed capacity isolation and treatment centre for possible coronavirus patients. The facility, located off David Mark Bye-pass in the state capital which is under construction, is a product of the collaboration between the Benue State government and development partners, was designed as 100-bed mother and child hospital. Govenor Ortom while addressing journalists shortly after the inspection said because of the COVID-19, the facility had been temporarily converted to an isolation and treatment centre as part of his administration’s measures against the…

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Ortom flags off distribution of 35, 022 desks, chairs to Benue schools

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday flagged-off the distribution of 35,022 customised chairs and tables for primary school pupils in the state. It was the first batch of 61,000 chairs and tables the Ortom administration in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) planned to distribute to Benue primary schools this year. Over 30,000 of the customised desks and chairs were distributed to schools across the 23 local government areas last year. Flagging off this year’s distribution, Governor Ortom expressed commitment to uplifting the standard of education as seen…

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Benue repatriates 58 suspected trafficked persons

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      *Says lockdown remains in force     The Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 Thursday repatriated a batch of 58 persons suspected to have been trafficked into Makurdi, the state capital back to their various states. Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Benue COVID-19 Action Committee, Engr. Benson Abounu, led a taskforce to repatriate the youths from the state in the early hours of Thursday. He said the youths had been brought to the state in violation of the lockdown rules and had to be returned to…

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Ortom directs SEMA to supply more food to IDPS

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to step up food distribution in all the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) camps in the state. The governor gave the directive when he received Mrs. Joy Terna, a nursing mother who lost one hand during a Fulani militia herdsmen attack. He also directed his personal physician, Dr. Zulum Gbaa, to attend to the victim at the Government House with full medical attention. Ortom promised to revisit IDPs’ camps to assess their current conditions with a view to…

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Benue: Ortom emerges PDP flag bearer

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There was jubilation across the length and breadth of Benue State yesterday as Governor Samuel Ortom emerged winner of the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fly the party’s flag in next year’s general elections. That was just as the All Progressives Congress (APC) adopted Managing Director of NEPZA, Barr. Emmanuel Jime, as its sole candidate to fly the party’s flag amidst heavy protest among other aspirants. Ortom, who contested alongside four other aspirants, polled a total of 2, 210 votes to beat his closest rival, Surveyor…

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Ortom bows to pressure, directs disbursement of Paris Club refund

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday bowed to pressure from civil servants in the state, who protested against the setting up of committees before disbursement of N14.9 billion released to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears and gratuities of pensioners. The governor had directed the state Ministry of Finance to immediately commence payment of salary arrears, pensions and gratuities from the Paris Club refund recently received by the state. He made the U-turn at the burial of Sabastine Dewua at Tse-Awuna, Mbachohon, Gwer West…

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Ortom to Gemade: I do not betray people

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday replied allegation by Senator Barnabas Gemade that he (Gemade) defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on the account that he betrayed him. Senator Gemade who represents Benue North East in the National Assembly had pointedly accused the governor of frustrating his senatorial ambition despite his track records of achievements to his constituents, a development that compelled him to seek another political platform to actualize his mandate. The Senator is expected to trade tackles with former governor of the state, Dr. Gabriel Suswam who…

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Ortom: I left APC because it can’t protect Benue’s interest

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…directs reinforcement of security at refugee camps   Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday gave reasons for dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the APC was not protecting the interest of the people of the state. He spoke at a meeting with stakeholders of the PDP from Oju and Obi Local Government Areas in Oju. The governor said he came to the conclusion after his cries for the arrest and prosecution of lead-ers of the various Fulani groups, including Miyetti Allah Kautal…

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Ortom’s aide elected FIDA chairperson

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Governor Samuel Ortom’s Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), Mrs. Magdalene Dura has been elected chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Nigeria (FIDA), Benue State branch. Dura, who emerged unopposed alongside seven other officials, would pilot the affairs of the organisation for the next three years. Others also elected included Debbie Amine as secretary; Regina Alachi as assistant secretary with Michelle Terfa-Suswam as treasurer and Blessing Ityohuan as financial secretary while Awashima Addingi is the publicity secretary and Hembafan Utange as assistant publicity secretary. Speaking with…

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