By Florence Ugbem
Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu has assured Benue people of Governor Samuel Ortom administration’s commitment towards ensuring that the interests of the people is protected in the planned privatisation of state owned industries.
He gave the assurance recently at NKST Church, Ahobee, Ikyogen, Ikurav-Ya, Kwande Local Government Area, during the thanksgiving/building dedication service organised by the church in collaboration with the family of Mr Ephraim Tersoo Ukpo, driver to his wife, Justice Mary Abounu, a High Court judge in the Benue State judiciary.
He stated that the interest of the people is crucial, also that Benue people shall have the right of first refusal before the industries are given out, adding that due diligence shall be used in the privatisation process.
The deputy governor urged the congregation to always take stock of what God has done for them and appreciate Him. He thanked God for His blessings upon his life, stating that he was at Ikurav-Ya to celebrate with Mr Tersoo Ukpo, who he described as a member of his family,for his achievements and his commitment towards developing his community.
In his sermon, Rev. Ajai Kelvin Kumagba who read from Psalm 103 from verse 1-5 admonished the congregation to always thank God for His blessings upon their lives, adding that the more they appreciate God, the more he blesses them.
The Ter Kwande, HRH, Chief Engr Timothy Ahile, in his remark welcomed the deputy governor to Ikurav-Ya, and thanked him for his loyalty and support to Governor Ortom in running the affairs of the state. Also, he expressed support for the planned privatisation of state owned industries, but cautioned against selling the industries to those who don’t wish the state well.
Earlier, on his way to the thanksgiving at Kwande, the deputy governor rescued 5 accident victims near Tse Kucha, Gboko. The accident victims include, Pst. Felix Gbaeren who driving with his wife, two children and a middle aged man. were badly injured and were rushed to General Hospital Gboko for treatment.