FORMER governor of Imo State and senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has applauded the leadership qualities and courage of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Senator Okorocha who spoke at the Presidential Lodge of Government House Makurdi yesterday, during the courtesy visit on Governor Ortom, acknowledged his boldness in handling very difficult state matters to ensure peace in all parts of the state.

The governor described Governor Ortom’s strides in education as laudable, stressing that it is the best legacy any government would leave for future generations.

Sen. Okorocha blamed the security and economic challenges as well as the lack of confidence in leadership by the masses to communicate the gap between leaders and the led which he said should be strengthened.

He appealed to the governor to issue Rochas Okorocha Foundation land and Certificate of Occupancy to build Okorocha Foundation in Benue, saying the state currently has only 115 students in the foundation’s schools across the country.

Governor Ortom described Sen. Okorocha as a patriotic Nigerian who has distinguished himself in business, philanthropy, and politics, saying he speaks for justice and equity for all Nigerians.

The governor blamed the decadence in the Nigerian state to greed and sentiments by leaders at various levels, saying in order to get things right, all must embrace truth irrespective of party affiliations and ethnicity.

He opined that the current state of the economy requires encouraging the private sector to boost production.