Benue State Has 2,000 Traditional Rulers, Ortom’s Aide Says

Benue State Has 2,000 Traditional Rulers, Ortom’s Aide Says

  • The number of traditional rulers in Benue state has been released by an aide to Governor Samuel Ortom
  • According to the governor's aide, the maintenance of the places of these traditional rulers are in the hands of local governments
  • Also, the government has purchased vehicles for some top chiefs in the state to aid their movement

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The Benue government has disclosed the number of traditional rulers in the state. According to the government, Benue has close to 2,000 traditional rulers in all the local government areas of the state, Tribune Newspaper reports.

Governor Ortom aide says Benue state has about 2,000 traditional rulers
An aide to Governor Ortom claims Benue state has about 2,000 traditional rulers. Photo: Samuel Ortom
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This was disclosed by the special adviser to the governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs, Kenneth Achabo.

He also revealed that the responsibility of maintaining the palaces of the traditional rulers falls on the local government areas.

Vehicles were also distributed to traditional rulers according to Vanguard.

Achabo said:

“Benue State has close to 2,000 traditional rulers on the local government payroll, you can imagine how cumbersome is that, not only that, we pay for maintenance of their palaces too.
“We have also bought 46 vehicles for third class and 36 vehicles for second class chiefs, this has greatly enhanced their movement and respect among their subjects.”

Governor Ortom says Nigerians no longer trust FG

In another report, Governor Samuel Ortom said Nigerians are dissatisfied with the federal government because it has failed to decisively address the attacks by herdsmen.

Ortom made the statement on Thursday, June 17, during his speech at the 2021 law week of the Nigerian Bar Association (MBA) in Makurdi, Benue state. The governor stated that the herdsmen issue has caused the public trust in the presidency to erode.

He stated that there is a growing perception that the federal government is encouraging the activities of the herdsmen by its actions and inaction. According to him, open grazing has resulted in conflicts between farmers and herders.

Nigerian governor gives workers 2 work-free days in a week for 1 month

Meanwhile, the Benue state government through the head of civil service, Veronica Onyeke, has declared Thursdays and Fridays as work-free days for public employees to attend to their farmlands.

According to the order of the government, the decision is to enhance farming to develop the agricultural value chain in the state.

The government made it clear that the holidays which will end in July, are not for essential workers in the state.


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