Buhari Condemns Benue Attacks, Condoles With Residents

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom and people of Benue State over the reported killings, injury of several persons and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in the New Year.

Describing the attack as “wicked and callous” particularly on innocent children, the President in a statement by his senior special assistant media, Garba Shehu assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks.

“This is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities,” he said. President Buhari also commiserated with families of the victims and wished the injured speedy healin

PDP Berates Benue Gov, Ortom On Alleged Plan To Sack Workers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Benue State chapter, has warned the Governor Samuel Ortom, over his alleged plan to sack thousands of civil servants.

The party said it was a clear indication that the Ortom administration has turned full cycle against the very people that voted it into power.

This was disclosed by the publicity secretary of the PDP Benue State chapter, Bemgba Iortyom, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

According to Iortyom, “To hide their unprecedented inadequacies, Governor Ortom and his lackeys have been going about heaping all blames for their failure to pay workers their entitlements, on the doorsteps of the revered former governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, but the people of Benue know better, as they will not forget the fact that the immediate past administration had taken it upon itself to increase workers salary even before the national minimum wage bill was signed into law by the federal government. These, he did when he increased it from N4,800 to N8,500.

“As anyone could easily find out, this salary increase by Suswam was not solicited or demanded by labour or from any quarters. The then governor did so owing to his trademark humane nature, to enhance the wellbeing of workers considering the economic realities of the time.”

“And why are other governors that earn far less than Benue State in statutory allocation, and who have more civil servants not sacking their workers? For us, the whole thing is down to the desperate need to corner as much resources as possible, to prepare for the forthcoming general election in 2019, and it is as unfortunate as it is thoroughly callous.”

Iortyom urged Governor Ortom to borrow a leaf from the Suswam administration, which, according to him, adopted standardised administrative practices to prudently manage the salaries and wages of workers in the employment of the state government.

“Anything short of this by the Ortom administration would amount to a gross violation of the oath of office it took. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the main opposition party in Benue State, stands with the impoverished workers of the state, and will strongly resist the planned move to sack the workers of the state,” the PDP scribe added.

Benue Anti-grazing Law: Herdsmen to Move 10 Million Cows to Nasarawa

Following the enactment of the anti-grazing bill by Samuel Ortom-led Benue State Government, about 10 million cows owned by members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN )will have to be moved from Benue to the neighbouring Nasarrawa State, Awe Local Government.

According to the Chairman of the association, the association was collaborating with the Nigerian Army, the police and other relevant stakeholders in Nasarawa State to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Chiding Governor Ortom for not finding alternative means of grazing for herdsmen before enacting the anti-grazing bill the MACBAN Chairman reportedly told journalist that, “Our major problem is fear of our cows, particularly since farmers have yet to harvest their crops from their farms.

“We are in difficult situation. We are trying our best to ensure that peace reigns between us and the host community in Awe.”

A farmer in Awe, Abigail Bitraus , said she had to quickly rush to her farm to harvest her rice when she heard about the cattle being moved in by the herdsmen; even though, it was not the appropriate time to do so.

She said, “The large number of Fulani herdsmen and their cows scare me. When I learnt that they were relocating from Benue State to Nasarawa State, I had to rush to my farm to harvest my rice.”

Whereas, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State said he had already set up a committee in all the local government areas adjoining Benue State to monitor the movement and the migration of the Fulani herdsmen, warning that the destruction of farmlands and attacks on homes would not be tolerated.

JUST IN: Gov. Ortom Declares Prohibition Of Open Grazing In Benue

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has announced prohibition of open grazing in the state.

The governor made this declaration in a broadcast aired Wednesday morning in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to mark the commencement of the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law.

The governor called on everyone residing in Benue State, who is into cattle or livestock business to abide by the new law.

His speech reads in full:

Fellow Nigerians and Benue citizens.

Today, first November 2017, marks the beginning of the prohibition of open grazing in Benue State. I call on all citizens residing in Benue State who is into cattle or livestock business to abide by this law.

There is no more open grazing in Benue State. All those who are interested in doing livestock business must ranch their livestock, otherwise, the law will catch up with them. Let me appeal to all citizens to be law abiding.

No one should take laws into his hands. We have put in place adequate machinery to enforce the law.

Where there are trespasses or infringements of the law, report to the appropriate quarters and it will be duly handled by the team put in place. I want to appeal to all of us to be law abiding.

The law seeks to protect farmers and herdsmen alike. The law seeks to ensure peace for all citizens. The law is not targeted at any individual or group of people or any ethnic group.

All of us must team together and work to ensure the success of this law.

We have suffered hardship, we have suffered pains, we have suffered sorrow. We have lost so much from both sides and we cannot allow this to continue as leaders with the responsibility of providing security for lives and property.

I want all citizens to join hands with Government to ensure that we adopt this method of ranching which is the global best practice for all those in livestock business all over the world.



Source: My Nation

Youths Behind Nigeria’s Problem – Ortom

Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has blamed youth unemployment for the various agitations across Nigeria, especially by the now proscribed IPOB.

Ortom said this in an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said, “I think that this agitation that we are talking about, if you look at the majority of the people that are visibly seen from the Biafran agitation that has now been proscribed; you discover that they are mainly youths.

“Youths are all over the place. If you hear what the Arewa coalition did, they are still youths. To me, I think that it is lack of employment. And it’s a very big challenge we have to contend with.

“I have known that even before I started campaigning to be governor even as governor, what troubles me every day is how to surmount this challenge.

“I feel that this agitation and all these problems, threats from here and there are coming as a result of not engaging these youths because the hand that is idle becomes the devil’s workshop.

“I think that we must concentrate our efforts at the local government, state and federal levels to ensure that we engage our youths.”

Osinbajo Visits Benue To Sympathise With Makurdi Flood Victims [PHOTOS]

Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday visited Benue state to sympathise with the recent flood victims who are taking refuge at the Makurdi International Market.

Osinbajo, who arrived Makurdi, the state capital was received by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom and other dignitaries at the Airport.


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Buhari On Benue Flood, Orders Immediate Support For Over 100,000 Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the flood in Benue State that has displaced about 100,000 people, according to official estimates.

In a statement on Friday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Mr. Buhari “has received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.”

“Consequently, the president has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding.

The president is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the federal government’s humanitarian response.

“The president extends his sympathies to the government and people of Benue State, and assures that the federal government will make available any assistance needed to enable the state government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding,” Mr. Shehu said.

Speaking on the flood, Mr. Ortese told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others.

“In Achusa, 200 houses were affected with 5,125 persons displaced. In Idye 217 houses were affected while 5,200 persons were displaced.

“Also, behind the Civil Service Commission 200 houses were submerged in flood and 5,777 persons were displaced,” he said.

Benue is not among the states the fedearl government announced would receive N1.6 billion each to mitigate the impact of floods in their state. The directive to give the money to the 16 states was given by the then acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, in July.

Officials in beneficiary states such as Plateau, however, say they are yet to receive the money, which was supposed to be taken from the Ecological Fund and disbursed through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the affected states.

Officials in Benue, however, say the state should be included among the beneficiaries due to is experience with flood this year.

Ortom Begs Labour Over Strike Ultimatum

Barely two days to the ultimatum given to the Benue State Government by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress Benue State chapter, to clear the Backlogs of salaries owed workers or faced industrial action, governor Samuel Ortom yesterday appealed to Labour not to embark on strike but still give him little time.

Ortom who spoke with newsmen shortly after a meeting with labour leaders at the new banquet hall , government house, Makurdi explained that his administration is working hard towards addressing the problem of salary arrears.

The governor explained that since 2015, the state has been having short fall in federal allocation the situation, he said had affected the running of government.

He promised that his government will not rest on its oars to explore necessary avenues to raise money  to settle all the arrears of salaries and pension allowances.

“Since we came into office, we have been having short fall in monthly federal allocation and as a result of this, we declared state of emergency on salary payment, we are making moved to get funds to settle the salary arrears.”

“Part of the efforts is the on going modified table payment been headed by the deputy governor and we are sure that at the end of the screening exercise we will get it right, because already we have recover over N500million from the screening exercise”.

The state chairman  Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Godwin Anya also told newsmen that, the state governor enumerated  his challenges to labour leaders but we will first of all meet with the union state executives where decision would be taken whether to embark on strike or not.

it could be recalled that the state chapter of Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, on August 4th, 2016  gave the state up to August ending to clear the backlogs of salary arrears owed state workers or face industrial action.

This was Part of the communique issued at the end of the meeting.

“SEC in session exhaustively deliberated on the issue regarding members welfare, most especially the non payment of salary arrears, pensions and gratuity, as well as the prompt payment of same by the Benue State Government.

The salary situation has brought untold hardship on our members, leading to inability of workers and pensioners, to meet their obligations like food, payment of children’s school fees, settlement of medical bills and even death of some members.”

the State Government should conclude all the ongoing screening exercise on or before 31st August, 2017, and clear all outstanding arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuity; “Pay salaries, pensions and gratuity as at when due”  adding that failure  to meet the demands, the Organized Labour will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike”

Killers Of My Aide Will Never Go Unpunished – Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said he will not rest until those who masterminded the assassination of his aide are brought to book.

Ortom who insisted that he will ensure the killers go unpunished, described the ugly incident as not just sad but a deliberate ploy to destabilise his administration.

It would be recalled that Dr. Tavershima Adyorough, who is a Principal Special Assistant to the governor on Knowledge Economy and Investment was shot dead in the early hours of Sunday by unknown gunmen.

However, returning from China during a vacation to inspect industrial equipment, Ortom while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja said the killing of his aide is a dastardly act, that must be investigated with a view to unraveling the killers.

“My aide was killed, I feel so sad. While I was away, I received the sad news about the brutal assassination of my personal aide, someone who is very close to me, Dr. Tavershima Adyorough. He worked with me while I served as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was my assistant and I found him worthy when I won election.

“He is someone who was knowledgeable and well learned and for him to have been assassinated at this time in the history of state and country where we need people with broad knowledge to support us to succeed in our hard times, I feel very sad and this is something I am not going to take lightly, I have already spoken with security agencies; they should fish out the killers because this cannot be allowed to continue,” Ortom stated.

On his industrialisation trip to China, Ortom explained that the journey was a huge success. “The principal reason I went there was to interact with Chairman Wu; Wu is the core investor to Ngamale Cement factory in Benue State. We inherited the project, it started around 2004 during Senator George Akume’s tenure, it continued during Suswam and when I came in I discovered it was a very viable project and we have done everything needed on the part of government to ensure that this project takes off but unfortunately, there has been delay from the core investor on the shipping of the equipment. “

Benue Gov’s Aide Killed In Makurdi

Gunmen on Sunday broke into the residence of the Principal Special Assistant on Knowledge Economy and Investments to Benue State Governor, Dr Tavershima Adyorororough, and killed him.

According to sources, the unknown gunmen, around 12:30 a.m., on Sunday stormed his residence at Nyinma layout in Makurdi, Benue State capital where they shot at the man and his wife.

The deceased and family were said to have retired to bed when the assailants invaded the house and shot him dead while his wife was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where she is receiving treatment.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the killer of his aide.

In a press statement issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, on Sunday, Benue government confirmed that Dr Adyororough was shot and killed by gunmen who invaded his residence.

Governor Ortom described the killing as unacceptable and condemnable, requesting security agencies to swing into action immediately so as to arrest those responsible for the dastardly act.

He described the deceased as a competent and dependable aide who delivered on assignments with dedication and honesty.

He sympathized with the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of the state on the loss and pledges that he would support security agencies in apprehending the culprits.

He urged those with useful information that can lead to the arrest to make same available.

It will be recalled that the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on security matters was gruesomely murdered in 2016 at his residence along Mobile Barracks, Makurdi.

Efforts to get the reaction of police are not successful as Benue command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Moses Yamu did not pick the call put across to his line.

Who Can Rescue Education In Benue State?

Sir: The ongoing administration in Benue State under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom currently owes primary school teachers 11 months salaries, secondary school teachers five months salaries and the state own university is presently on strike due to the laxity of the state government towards the education sector in the state. Education is an essential thing in every society because it brings development. Therefore, any government that cannot take the education sector seriously thereby giving urgent attention to it in order to address issues affecting the progress of the sector within her area of control, such a government is of no value to the society and the people who represent the government in that society should be sent packing.

It is a surprise that the administration is still blaming the previous government for her inability to move the state forward instead of concentrating and making good use of the available resources in the way that can bring positive change in the state. It is very unfortunate that the state governor is using the salaries and allowances of the workers in the state to expand his personal businesses and nobody is saying anything about it. Immediately after the arrival of Samuel Ortom as the state governor, the public institutions in the state especially schools are going down but his Oracle farm business is expanding ceaselessly but the majority of the people are not noticing it.


It should be noted that the Federal Government has released the bailout funds to the ongoing administration in the state under the watch of Governor Ortom to pay all the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state but the funds were diverted or rather, embezzled. Despite that, there have been other funds given to the government in the state by the Federal Government to enable her to pay all her debts but still, the debts are still accumulating. Yet, the current government in the state is still blaming the previous administration as if the previous administration is responsible for the diversion or embezzlement of the bailout funds and other funds released to her by the Federal Government to pay the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state. Now, education sector in the state is dying gradually and the ongoing administration in the state is watching helplessly. Surprisingly, the government is still talking and planning of holding back the power in 2019 even with her obvious display of incompetence.

At this point, let me remind the present government in the state that the former administration was kicked out of the power for owning only four months salaries and allowances of the workers in the state but in her case, it is even more than four months. Therefore, my advice is that the current administration should start preparing her things now to enable her to get out of the government house in 2019 without forgetting anything there except, her plan is to change for good within the remaining years or to manipulate 2019 coming elections in the state in her favour.





Source: The Guardian