By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said he rejected all forms of inducement from some people at the Federal level to cede Benue State to them. “I refused everything they brought and I have laid down my life for the state. I am prepared to do everything legally possible to protect my people and preserve the dignity of Benue State,” he stated.
The governor made this known Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi during a courtesy call by the people of Ugondo, in Makurdi Local Government Area.
He said he preferred to be in the opposition than to be in the ruling party where the people of the state will become slaves in their own land.
The governor, who stated that he was highly honoured by the show of love by the people of Ugondo, pointed out that security was the responsibility of everyone in the state and urged them to be vigilant and proactive. “I am very happy that the Ugondo community recognizes the little that our administration has done for them,” he stated.
On the Nigeria Air Force and Ugondo land dispute, the governor gave assurances that he would put in place machinery for the permanent resolution of the crisis. He dismissed insinuations that he ceded the land to the Air Force.
Governor Ortom lamented the level of vandalism and encroachment, especially on the Nigeria correctional facility land and urged the people to protect all government facilities in their community.
Earlier in a remark, Sen. Fred Orti, who spoke on behalf of the Ugondo community, expressed appreciation to the governor for his infrastructural development in the community. He described his performance as outstanding, stating that the governor has put to rest lingering chieftaincy crisis in the state with the enactment of the chieftaincy law.
“The infrastructural development in Ugondo community is massive. These include roads, electricity, water among others in the community which has opened the community to the world. Governor Ortom has special love for the Ugondo community. Therefore, as a community we have decided to make the governor’s senatorial project our personal project.
He acknowledged the governor’s tireless efforts towards finding an amicable solution to the land dispute between the community and the Nigeria Airforce. “The land matter predates your administration. However, you are the first governor who has taken a bold step of resolving the impasse amicably,” he maintained.
He appealed to the governor to put in place machinery for the permanent resolution of the land dispute between the community and the Nigeria Air Force.