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Make positive use of social media, Ortom urges youths

By Sunday Iduh

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged youths to use the socal media platform to advance themselves and the state.

Orrom, who maintained that the social media should not be used negatively said: “There are several opportunities that can be explored using the social media platform. Take advantage of these opportunities.”

The governor stated this Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi during a courtesy call by National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS) and Benue Youth Parliament, led by the President, Jorov Denem and Speaker, Rachael Wuese respectively.

Governor Ortom expressed appreciation to the students and other youths for their resilience. He particularly aknowledged the peaceful disposition of the youths during the nation wide End SARS protest.

“I am most grateful for the conduct of the youths in the state during the End SARS protest across the country.

“Other states witnessed violent destruction and deaths during the End SARS protest. Benue youths stood out with their peaceful outing,” he stated.

The governor advised the leadership of the students and youths to live exemplary lives. “Make us who are parents proud. Look out for things that will add value to the society. Shun acts that are inimical to the society,” he added.

He explained that he runs an all inclusive government. “My government looks beyond partisan politics and looks at how we can work together and make the state great. I take counsel from the young, old and even the opposition parties,” he said.

Governor Ortom, who assured the two groups of the commitment of his administration to their welfare, described as unfortunate the lingering Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) crisis, stating that the Federal Government (FG) has failed. “People in the services of the Federal Government are stealing billions of naira and yet FG can not meet the demands of ASUU,” he lamented.

He, however, promised to meet with the leadership of ASUU, Benue State University (BSU) chapter with a view to reopening the university.

“I am going to have a meeting with the leadership of ASUU, BSU to appeal to them that they should withdraw from the ongoing national strike. My administration spends over 600 million monthly on the university. There is no state owned university that gets the kind of attention BSU is getting,” he stated.

Earlier, in a remark, President of NUBESS, Denem disclosed that the aim of the visit was to thank the governor for the premium he has placed on education in the state.

He said: “We are here to thank you for prioritizing education in the state as seen in the placement of Benue State University (BSU) on the first line charge which has led to adequate attentions and prompt payment of salaries and the upgrading of some tertiary institutions in the state.

“Revamping of primary and secondary schools in the state, structurally and man power wise, full accreditation of Benue State University Medical School which in recent times is recorded as one of the best medical schools in Northern part of the country.

“Your Excellency Sir, we wish to appreciate you for the constant payment of bursary allowance to Benue State students which your administration has increased from N5,000 to N10,000 for regular students, N200,000 for law students, N100,000 for French students and N250,000 for medical students.”

On her part, Speaker, Benue Youth Parliament, Wuese said the parliament was grateful to the governor for his support which has enhanced its performance.

“Your Excellency, with your support, the parliament held her first plenary session and parliamentarians had the opportunity to present bills and deliberate on issues around youth development in the state with resolutions sent to the House of Assembly. And a vote of confidence was passed on His Excellency for his youth friendly initiatives,” she stated.

The two groups further requested for sustained support from the governor and assured him of their support at all times.

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