By Matthew Ajai Kume
Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor Mr Terver Akase has urged student unions of various ethnic groups in the state on the need for greater unity and synergy to be able to make meaningful contributions to development of the state.
Mr Akase gave the charge today when newly elected officials of Community of Tiv Students, CTS, paid him a familiarization visit at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He congratulated the CTS incoming officials on their election and urged them to work harmoniously with student unions of other ethnic groups in the state by holding periodic joint meetings to foster unity, share experiences and evolve ideas that would add value to their academic careers and the state in general.
While advising the incoming CTS leadership to always consult the Tiv Paramount ruler and Mdzough U Tiv for wise counsel, Mr Akase stressed that preparation for leadership is crucial and youths must take little responsibilities given them now seriously to be trusted with bigger ones in the future.
The Chief Press Secretary said Governor Samuel Ortom is committed to youth participation in Governance which is why he established the Benue Youth Parliament for the first time in the state to give young people a voice. He also pointed out that his principal has given many Benue youths appointment.
Responding, the President-elect, Community of Tiv Students, Comrade Michael Msughter Akaater, thanked Mr Akase for granting them audience at a short notice.
He said their visit was to familiarize with the Chief Press Secretary and commend him for the good work his doing for the Governor and the state. He gave assurance that CTS would support the State Government in its drive to provide development for the people.
Comrade Akaater lauded the support Mr. Akase is given to Benue Youth within and outside the state irrespective of ethnicity and place of origin, urging the Governor’s spokesman to sustain the gesture.
Other members of the delegation included Secretary-elect, Titus Agee, Director of Socials-elect Solomon Alev and Assistant Secretary-elect, Kendra Meeme.