• Governor Ortom employs ‘corper’ who rode bicycle from Oyo to Benue

    Governor Ortom employs ‘corper’ who rode bicycle from Oyo to Benue

    A former National Youth Service Corps member, Mr. Isaac Sekav Ahungwa, has been offered automatic employment by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State after he rode a bicycle from Oyo State to Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on completion of his NYSC.

    Ortom, who received Mr. Ahungwa at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi on Monday, described the young man as a determined son of the state whose example should be emulated by others.

    Mr. Ahungwa, a graduate of Statistics from Federal University […]

  • No land for grazing in Benue, Governor Ortom insists

    No land for grazing in Benue, Governor Ortom insists

    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Friday said the state government would not concede any part of its land for establishment of grazing reserve for herdsmen in the state.

    Ortom made this known during the handing-over and inauguration of Daudu Shelter Project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

    The 100 bungalows project was initiated by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the state government and Benue Non-Governmental Organisation Network (BENGONET).

    Ortom, […]

  • I’m not afraid of probe on bailout fund, says Ortom

    I’m not afraid of probe on bailout fund, says Ortom

    Benue State governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, has said that he is not afraid of any probe on how he spent the N28billion bailout fund he collected from the federal government.

    The governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Terver Akase, against the backdrop of the proposed probe by the senate, said that his administration would welcome any investigation of his administration.

    Ortom maintained that “the call by the Senate is apt. It is the responsibility of the legislature to […]

  • Adeboye told me I will be governor – Ortom

    Adeboye told me I will be governor – Ortom

    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has revealed how the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in 2012 told him that he was going to become governor.

    The governor made this disclosure during an interactive session held with Pastor Adeboye at the banquet hall of the Benue State Government House, Makurdi, on Saturday.

    Ortom said that the revelation took place when he went for a retreat with his wife, Eunice, in 2012.

    According to him, “It was […]

  • Benue lawmakers refunding N317m car loan to EFCC – Ortom

    Benue lawmakers refunding N317m car loan to EFCC – Ortom

    Governor Samuel Ortom has said that 22 state legislators have started refunding car loans they collected for personal vehicles to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .

    Ortom, who said this when he received youths of Turan in Kwande Local Government, said they were expected to refund N317million to the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

    He said the refund was necessitated by the shoddy manner in which the loans were disbursed to the lawmakers.

    The governor said that the process fell short of […]

  • Governor Ortom should tell  us the truth about the murder of his security aide, Igbana – Tsav

    Governor Ortom should tell us the truth about the murder of his security aide, Igbana – Tsav

    Elder statesman and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alh. Abubakar Tsav has lamented the poor handling of the amnesty programme of the state by Governor Samuel Ortom.

    Tsav who made the lamentation while speaking with newsmen in his Makurdi residence, said he was shocked that the governor introduced amnesty programme without involving the Police.

    He expressed worry over the proliferation of arms in the State which had resulted in high rate of insecurity.
    He urged Governor Samuel Ortom to take drastic steps […]

  • Governor Ortom set to sack 200 Benue Links workers despite owing them for nine months

    Governor Ortom set to sack 200 Benue Links workers despite owing them for nine months

    Benue State government under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom has allegedly concluded plans to lay off no fewer than 200 workers of the state-owned transport company, Benue Links Nigeria Limited.

    This is due to the inability of the state to pay staff of the company salaries for over nine months.

    The state governor has been battling to pay civil servants’ salaries in the state since he took over power, despite collecting several loans and bail out funds from the federal government.

    A […]

  • Suswam must return N107bn alleged stolen dunds – Governor Ortom

    Suswam must return N107bn alleged stolen dunds – Governor Ortom

    Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has said his administration would not rest until it recovered about N107 billion allegedly looted from the state treasury when Gabriel Suswan was governor.

    Ortom, on assumption of office, had constituted the Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry which later came out with a report that N107billion was embezzled by 52 persons, including Suswam who was the immediate past governor.

    He also said he would not shield the embattled speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Emmanuel Ayua, […]

  • Ortom sacks caretaker chairmen of 23 LGAs

    Ortom sacks caretaker chairmen of 23 LGAs

    The Benue State government has sacked the local government caretaker chairmen in the 23 local government areas of the state.

    The decision to relieve the caretaker Chairmen of their appointment was taken on Wednesday, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council, SEC, meeting presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi.

    Addressing reporters, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Odey Ageh, said the SEC also directed the outgoing chairmen to hand over to their respective Directors General Service and Administration, DGSA.

    “They […]

  • I didn’t lay landmines for Ortom, says Suswam

    I didn’t lay landmines for Ortom, says Suswam

    A former Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, on Wednesday said he did not lay landmines for his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom.

    He also said his administration didn’t leave behind N140 billion debt as claimed by the governor.

    Suswam, who made the clarifications in a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Hon Terkaa Mamwoo, said a panel set up by the Benue Governor discovered that his government borrowed only N18 billion from issuance of bonds.

    The statement said: “The attention of His […]

  • Governor Ortom offers N5m reward for whereabouts of kidnapped cleric

    Governor Ortom offers N5m reward for whereabouts of kidnapped cleric

    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has offered a N5 million reward to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Rev. Fr. John Adeyi, the kidnapped Vicar General of Otukpo Catholic Diocese.

    Father Adeyi was four weeks ago kidnapped in Okpokwu local government area of the state, by unknown armed men while on his way to Otukpo after an official assignment.

    The Governor said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, that it was […]