ORTOM WARNS AGAINST DRINKING, WOMANIZING IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has warned that his administration will not tolerate womanizing, drinking or wild parties in the government house.
Ortom gave this warning at a thanksgiving service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mega Parish, in Makurdi to conclude weeklong activities organized for his inauguration as Governor and his Deputy, Engr Benson Abounu.
The governor said he would scrutinize the handover notes of his predecessor, Dr Gabriel Suswam, and make full disclosure about the financial status of the state in no distant time.
According to him, the disclosure became imperative because the figure of N9.3 billion, which former Governor Suswam gave as the debt profile of the state was not a complete reflection of the state of affairs as it did not include arrears of salaries, allowances, retirement benefits, as well as commitments to contractors and other obligations.
The Governor promised to fight corruption and block all conduit pipes so that he could conserve funds to develop the state and meet its financial obligations.
He expressed happiness that his rejection and that of Senator Barnabas Gemade from the PDP drove them into the bosom of Senator Dr George Akume, who he said paved the way for what they had become today.
Ortom stated that the development was, however, a fulfillment of the his wish for Dr Akume, which he expressed at the 60th birthday of his wife, Chief Mrs Regina Akume, that he desired a situation in which he and Senator Gemade would team up with him to rescue the state.
The Governor pledged that the security of lives and property had to be given priority attention in order for his administration to fulfill its promise to provide a conducive environment for the private sector to drive the economy of the state as has become the global practice.
He promised to govern with the fear of God, which he said shall entrench core values that would make development inevitable even as he solicited sustained prayers and support so as to enable the state surmount its current challenges.
He said his victory was a demonstration of the efficacy of prayers and the fact that God ruled in the affairs of men.
Ortom said he hoped for a new Benue where peace, unity, and development would be the order of the day.
Dignitaries at the service included Senators Akume and Gemade, the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Chief Steve Lawani, other elected representatives at the state and national levels, captains of industry, academics, religious leaders and politicians.