By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has warned that any traditional ruler indicted in illegal road blocks in the state for the purpose of tax collection will be removed.
He gave the warning at Tse-Ugbada, Igyorov Council Ward, Ipav in Gboko Local Government Area, during a funeral oration in honour of late Nicholas Tor Mtemave.
The governor maintained that “My administration will continue to take proactive measures against illegal tax operators. Illegal checkpoints have negatively affected markets in parts of the State and revenue generation.”
He called on the people of the state who are not affected by herders’ attacks to intensify their farming activities, especially cassava, water melon and other food crops to boost food production.
The governor who condoled the bereaved family and prayed God to grant the departed eternal rest, encouraged the wife and children to always look unto God and not man, even as he said that God would always provide for them in times of need.
The governor, while also reacting to concerns raised by the District Head of Igyorov, Zaki Orshi Ugese on the plight of traditional rulers disclosed that plans were underway to amend the local government and chieftaincy law of the state to make provisions for other categories of traditional rulers.
The governor recounted his humble beginnings when he served a member of the family, Mnenge Mtemave as conductor during his growing days in Gboko motor park and said that it was imperative to also identify with them in their moment of grief.
The late Nicholas Tor Mtemave was younger brother to Mnenge Mtemave. He was, until his demise, Director of Audit, Legislature Audit Department, Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, Abuja.