Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has been commended by the National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Maj-Gen Lawrence Onoja, for paying priority attention to security challenges in the state.
Onoja particularly praised Governor Ortom for pursuing his amnesty programme with vigour.
He spoke when the association members visited the governor at Benue People’s House on Monday. He said that the revelation about a former governor of the state being caught with arms shows that Ortom’s amnesty programme had succeeded.
Onoja said that Ortom’s amnesty programme which comprises carrot and stick approaches led to the surrendering of over 700 weapons and thousands of ammunition by about 900 youths and has placed Benue in the forefront of peace initiatives in Nigeria and beyond.
He declared that the governor had restored peace between farmers and herdsmen as well as curb boundary disputes between Benue and Taraba States.
In his response, Governor Ortom said that the training received by Onoja, other executive members of the association and the entire members of NIPSS has enabled them to make valuable contributions to the development of the country. The governor particularly commended Onoja for being helpful to his administration and promised to partner with members of the association.