Uba, Alia congratulate Tor Tiv, others on conferment of national award

By Matthew Ajai-Kume

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Benue State, Titus Uba has congratulated the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse and other illustrious Benue sons on conferment of national honour award by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Wuese Orshi, recently made available to newsmen said: “Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in next year’s general elections and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Titus Uba sends hearty congratulations to the Paramount Ruler of Tiv nation, HRM Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, Tor Tiv V and other illustrious Benue sons on the conferment of Nigeria’s National Honours Awards on them by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

According to the statement, Uba noted that he is not surprised over the recognition and appreciation accorded the Tor Tiv and 17 other recipients of the national honours award from the state, given their enormous contributions to the development of the state and nation at large, while describing them as true ambassadors of Benue State.

Tor Tiv, Prof. Ayatse was conferred with the award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), while the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Cosmas Idye bagged the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) award.

Others are: Hon. Justice John Tsoho – OFR, Maj. Gen. J.G.K Myam – OFR, Mike Mamman Osuman, SAN – OFR, Prof. Vershima Uza – OON, Chief Raymond Ihyembe – OON, Arc. Sunday Echono – OON and Prof. Innocent Ujah – OON.

Also honoured are: Amb. Demenongo Agev – MFR, Barr Bernard Nule – MFR, Simon Shango – MFR, Alhaji Musa Audu – MFR, Chief Silva Ejeh Ameh – MON, Innocent Ujah Idibia (2Face) – MON, Dr Ver-or Ngutor – MON, Dr Christopher Obute – MON and Dr Samuel Ankeli – MON.

The statement further stated that, the 9th Benue Assembly is proud of the recipients over the honour and recognition and commended President Buhari led Federal Government for bestowing the honours on the recipients, adding that the gesture would spur them to do more for the state and country.

Meanwhile, the 2023 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Benue State, Revd Fr Hyacinth Alia has sent words of congratulations to Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Prof. James Ayatse, on his conferment with the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fr Alia described the honour award as well deserved, and a recognition of the tremendous contributions the Tiv Paramount ruler and chairman, Benue State Council of Chiefs has rendered to nation building.

He said the national honour award proudly stands out to attest to Prof. Ayatse’s strength of character, integrity and dedication to the task of building a hitch-free nation where people will live in peace, love and harmony.

A statement by the Media Aide to Fr Alia, Isaac Uzaan recently made available to newsmen stated that, as a celebrated academic and university administrator, who previously served as Vice Chancellor of two federal universities, the Tiv paramount ruler has used his sagacity and astuteness to improve on the quality of teaching and learning in the country’s educational sector.

The statement congratulated other awardees from Benue State, expressed profound gratitude to President Buhari for finding the Tiv paramount ruler and other Benue indigenes worthy of national honour, even as he prayed God to grant the Tor Tiv good health of mind and body, and an increased wisdom to enable him take the Tiv nation to greater heights.

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