By Egbe Attah
The caretaker chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Benue State, Mr. Alfred Okete, has reiterated his administration’s resolve to be impartial in dealing with the citizens.
Oketa, who stated this recently while exchanging views with newsmen during the distribution of palliatives in Otukpo, the local government headquarters, by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to victims of last year’s flood disaster in the area, explained that in the sharing of democratic Dividends, what is paramount to him is humanity, not party affiliations, tribes or religions.
“This is the people’s government. In all our dealings, we shall treat everyone equal irrespective of where they come from, their religion or political party attachment. As far as you’re living in this local government, what is due to you will be given to you. If those before us were partial, we’ll not toe their line,” he averred.
The council boss thanked NEMA and the Benue State government for the items and charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of them even as he made case for victims of war and terrorist attacks in his domain.
Oketa pleaded with the agency to, as a matter of importance, allow the local government be fully involved in distribution of such palliatives.
Speaking with The Voice, a beneficiary, Richard Onah, thanked, NEMA and the government for assisting them, saying he and his fellow victims would make good use of the palliatives.
The Voice reports that items distributed included, seed yams, maize, herbicides, mattresses, pumping machines among others.