From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that the state is at the end of the tunnel in 2018, assuring that salaries of workers would be paid as when due.
The Governor who has been battling with several arrears of salaries owed different categories of workers since the inception of his administration, gave the assurance in his new year message to the people.
Governor Ortom lamented that the state like other states of the federation witnessed recession which had a big toll on economic and infrastructural development, expressing hope and confidence that this difficult and challenging economic scenario will come to pass,.
“Indeed it is almost over. We are on the threshold of a new economic boom. All that I request from you is continued support of our economic policies as we march onto greatness. Benue is rising and will surely get to its desired development destination.
Our administration believes that there are no shortcuts to economic development”.
He averred that adequate infrastructure and appropriate policies are required to increase commercial activities and stimulate economic growth and development
According to him, it was in this conviction that the state rose in defence of its people with what has now become a reference point across Nigeria as the best solution to herders, farmers crisis – Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017,
He stressed that the Law has become a model for the country, maintaining that the state has since started implementation with provision of manpower and equipment for enforcement of the law which would be sustained and improved upon.
“Let me reassure you that we will not relent in our resolve to make Benue a safer place for its people and investors from all parts of the world in year 2018”.
He called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of promoting peaceful coexistence and support President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption in all its ramifications, noting that as political activities intensify later in the year, Nigerians should resolve to play by the rules of the game with the commitment of deepening the democratic process for our benefit and generations yet unborn.