By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said his administration will not renege on its commitment to protecting the lives and property of the people. He disclosed that the plan of his administration was to recruit 10,000 Community Volunteer Guards to complement efforts of the conventional security agencies.
He disclosed this Tuesday during a requiem mass in honour of his foster father, late Joseph Vanger Iyorhon at St Athanasius Catholic Church, Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area of the state.
The governor explained that over 1,500 have already been recruited and trained. He called on the youths to be open to joining the security outfit, in order to work with conventional security operatives to enable the state conquer those terrorising her people.
Governor Ortom described the late Iyorhon as a community leader, who believed in God. According to the governor, “my journey in politics began when the late Elder Iyorhon asked me to contest for the Chairman of Guma Local Government. The unwavering support I enjoyed from the deceased over the years contributed to my success in politics today.
“Due to his commitment to the service of God, even at old age, God had used him to speak to the people. Most of the things he told me about the politics of our country are already being witnessed today.”
Speaking separately, the Senator representing Benue North West, Emmanuel Orker Jev and Member representing Makurdi-Guma Federal Constituency, Benjamin Mzondu pointed out that the wise counsel of the deceased would be missed.
On his part, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly and Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Titus Uba, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Christopher Adaji said Chief Iyorhon would be fondly remembered for the roles he played in the political structure of the state.
Ter Guma, Chief Dennis Ishemberga, who spoke on behalf of Ter Makurdi, Chief Vincent Aule and Guma traditional council expressed appreciation to Governor Ortom for taking good care of the deceased and appealed to him not to forget the family he has left behind.
Earlier, in a homily, Rev. Fr Thaddeus Gbor said the people should see death as the only way through which they can rejoice with God in heaven and urged the congregation to prepare for their own time, stating that it was the way of all mortals.
Governor Ortom was joined by his wife, Dr Eunice Ortom and other dignitaries across the state to pay their last respect.
The late Iyorhon died on September 8, 2022 at the age 84.