Tiv Youth Council Worldwide has challenged Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, to point out projects he has executed in the state to show his love for the people.

According to the group, all projects executed in the state within the last six years are done by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration.

Consequently, the group president, Hon. Mike Msuaan insisted that Governor Ortom’s continuous attack on the performance of President Buhari remained a diversionary ploy intended to distract the people of the state from questioning his abysmal performance.

“The council notes that Governor Ortom has not demonstrated love for the Benue people more than PMB. Within these years Buhari has in addition to giving several Benue people appointments, constructed a multi-billion erosion control that runs through Achusa, PMB has awarded the Yandev – Makurdi Road, the Yandev to Ugbema junction road, the makurdi – Naka – Adoka road, the rehabilitation of The River Benue and River Katsina-Ala Bridges.

“Mr President has upgraded the Zaki Biam Yam market in Ukum LGA to an international yam market. We expect a serious governor to take advantage of this initiative and several other agricultural initiatives of the president.

“In the education sector, President Buhari has in a no mean feat established three federal institutions in the state: the Federal University of Health Science Otukpo, the Federal College of Education, and the Federal Polytechnic Wannue.

“Worthy of note is the skills acquisition centers to be located in Adikpo and other senatorial zones. Under the health sector the 100 bed, mother and child health facility at David Mark By-pass, Makurdi, the federal medical center annexes in Katsina-Ala and other places,” the statement noted.

The group charged Governor Ortom to rather collaborate with the Federal government agencies to further consolidate the relative peace in the state than to embark on a political campaign in a bid to consolidate his stranglehold on the state.

Reacting to an interview granted by Governor Ortom on Channels Television wherein he made several accusations on President Buhari, the group expressed worry that a governor who “ranks the least and has virtually done nothing” would always pick the president who it said had done a lot for the people of the state as a tool for driving his personal political ambition in the face of many challenges the state is grappling with under his watch.

The group thereby called on all Benue stakeholders, traditional leaders, groups, party men and women to speak truth to power by calling Governor Ortom to order.


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