Ortom swears in 2 new Special Advisers for Benue

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Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Wednesday, sworn in two new Special Advisers, Mr Simon Namkwagh and Mr Anthony Ibu, with a call on them to justify their appointment.

Speaking at the ceremony in Makurdi, Ortom urged the appointees to live up to the expectations of the people.

Represented by his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, the governor said that the appointment was to enhance the delivery of dividends of democracy for the people.

“Special Advisers are key officials of government who handle important assignments and carry out activities that promote the smooth running of government particularly the provision of service to the citizenry.

“In this context therefore, their elevation is not by accident but it is guided by their fine qualities of competence and sound character,” Ortom said.

He said that his administration had always been guided by fairness, equity and justice in citing projects and political appointments across the state to ensure that every part was carried long.

He assured of his commitment to secure lives and property in the state, as well ensure welfare for the people.

“These do not come easy to tackle especially at a time like now where there is shortage of funds national as well as global economic and social problems are confronting states including Benue.

“When we came in and even as we steer the affairs of the state toward the end of our second mandate, we have remained determined and focused in our key responsibilities as a government.

“We will never deviate from this responsibility because of our core values which are hinged on transparency, accountability, justice, fairness, integrity, selflessness, humility, dedication, discipline, restitution, forgiveness and reconciliation,” the governor said.