- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has cut short his vacation over security challenges in the state
- The governor said he returned to join hands with major stakeholders to address the ongoing crisis in some border and other communities of Benue
- According to Ortom, the state government will do everything lawfully possible to ensure the end of the crisis and to guarantee peoples' safety in Benue
The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday, April 22, cut short his annual leave over security challenges bedeviling the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said he returned to join hands with major stakeholders to address the ongoing crisis in some border and other communities of Benue state.
Ortom who was on vacation outside the country said the decision became necessary following renewed killings of innocent people and destruction of property by gunmen especially in the Sankera area of the state.
He also appealed to Benue residents to remain calm while assuring the people of the affected areas that the state government will do everything lawfully possible to ensure the end of the crisis and to guarantee their safety.
A statement by Terver Akase, the chief press secretary to Ortom, said the governor even while on leave he has been in constant touch with heads of security agencies in the state.
Akase also said the Governor Ortom is optimistic that sooner than later, peace will return to the troubled areas.
"He appeals to those taking advantage of the crisis to whip up sentiments to remember that Benue is the only state they have and if they allow politics to destroy it, the impact of such destruction will affect everyone irrespective of political affiliation.
The Governor appreciates the Benue State House of Assembly, State Executive and Security Councils, the Benue State Council of Chiefs, leaders and members of religious, civil society and other groups, the media and the entire people of the state for the support given his Deputy while he was away on his annual leave," Akase said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ortom had promised both indigenes and residents of the state that better days awaits them during his second term in office if he is re-elected.
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Governor Ortom said things were not rosy during his first administration because of lack of funds as a result of economic recession and insecurity in Nigeria.
He also urged all in the state to ensure the growth and development in all sectors across Benue state.
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