By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has announced that the new and modernised Tor Tiv Palace in Gboko will be officially commissioned on April 8, 2021.
The Benue State Governor, made the announcement recently in a chat with journalists, shortly after he inspected the facilities at the palace, in readiness for commissioning. According to Governor Ortom, the total sum of completion of the palace is N1.6 billion.
He stated that he built the palace to give it the befitting respect and honour attached to the palace and stool of the Tor Tiv in particular. He reaffirmed that, before the exit of his administration, all first and second class chiefs would also be attached with official palaces.
Governor Ortom stressed that the same day, he will also commission some of the roads his administration has constructed in Gboko, such as Isaac Shaahu, Prof. Martin Dent and Aper Aku roads.
He thanked the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse and other traditional chiefs in Tiv land for keeping faith with his administration and their various solidarity messages after the attack on him by the Fulani Nationality Movement.
Governor Ortom said the blessings bestowed on him and the prayers rendered to God on his behalf by the Tiv nation, led by the Tor Tiv and other first class chiefs would fortify him with new vigour to steer the affairs of the state and focus on speedy development and progress.