SUPREME COURT VERDICT: Ortom Gets Charge On Moving Benue Forward

From Austine Tule, Makurdi

A retired civil servant in Benue, Mr Simon Abah has admonished Gov. Samuel Ortom to ensure he leave indelible mark in the State now that his election had been upheld by the Apex Court.

Abah gave the advice in an interview with The AUTHORITY on Wednesday in Makurdi.

He said that Ortom would not have anything that would distract him again since the litigations were over.

He particularly urged him to clear the backlog of salaries and pension arrears in order to put smiles on the faces of both the civil servants and the pensioners.

He also advised him to construct and rehabilitate roads for the overall benefit of the Benue people.

Meanwhile, Mr Peter Hilakaan, an Agriculture Expert, urged Ortom to focus more on agriculture, stressing that the sector was the only area that hold a lot of opportunities for the teeming population.

“Since the white collar jobs are not easy to come by, agriculture remained the only area where the unemployed can be gainfully employed in numbers.

“There is no sector that is vibrant as agriculture. If it is fully utilised many unemployed people especially the youth will be taken off the streets.

“The governor can encourage the people by making available tractors, power tilling machines, harvesters among other important farming tools to the farms for hiring in order to ease their farming activities.

“He should direct the Ministry of Agriculture to commence the process of procuring fertilizer early enough so that farmers can get it on time,” he said.

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