By Sunday Iduh
Governor Samuel Ortom has called on government at all levels, to do something urgently, to address the challenges facing the youths in the country
The Benue State governor stated this recently, at the Tor Tiv Hall, Benue Hotel and Resort, during the premiere of a movie titled ‘Faded,’ which seek to promote the Benue heritage and enlighten the Nigerian society on drug abuse and other social vices.
The governor who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said the movie has what it takes to compete at the international level.
“This is a wonderful movie. The message is apt and the quality is commendable. I am very proud of the producers. Movie is one of the vehicles of social re-orientation.
“This movie is very timely. It is coming at a time when the country must do something urgently to address the problems confronting the youths or risk losing a generation.”
The governor said, when youths are gainfully engaged, they would not be lazy, saying they would wake up having it in mind that they have work to do and would have no time to engage in social vices.
The First Lady, Dr Eunice Ortom, represented by the wife of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Helen Achabo in a remark, described the movie as inspiring.
Dr Ortom who maintained the she is very proud of the producers stated that she is poised to do all that is necessary to stem the tide of drug abuse and other vices among the youths in the state.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Occasion, George Ali, represented by Jacob Yaoberga who disclosed that there were a lot of challenges confronting the youths when it comes to social vices said the movie mirrors the negative effects of drug abuse on the society and the need to salvage the situation.
The Otukpo council chairman stated that he was happy that Benue youths came together to x-ray the ills of drug abuse in the society, adding that the movie ‘Faded’ has put Benue on the entertainment map of Nigeria, while expressing optimism that the movie will go beyond Benue
Also speaking, Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Benue State, Comrade Abba Yaro and the member representing Makurdi South Constituency, Terwase Aondoakka, expressed their readiness to support the producers to achieve more heights, saying the quality of the movie meet international standards
The movie producers, Enoch Ortese and Dooshima Orgenda expressed appreciation to the governor and his wife for creating enabling environment for youths to thrive in the state and appealed to other Benue indigenes to support the movie industry in the state.