Ortom Blames Challenges for Poor Delivery of Democratic Dividends

- George Okoh in Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has blamed the numerous challenges that confronted the state in the last three years as the reason the state is unable to meet all the promises he made during his electionee­ring campaign.

The governor made the statement recently while briefing reporters in Makurdi, the state capital.

He said in the last three years, he had worked assiduousl­y to keep the contract he had with the people of the state but due to some unforeseen challenges it became difficult to fulfil all the promises.

“Though many challenges and giants have stood in our way to prevent us from delivering on the promises we have tried to provide dividend of democracy to our people.”

He said the State is faced with huge humanitari­an crisis as a result of displaceme­nt of over 180,000 persons as a result of suspected Fulani herdsmen invasion and appealed for interventi­on from well-meaning Nigerian to assist them.

He said in three years, his administra­tion has recorded achievemen­ts in the area in education in awarding contract for the rehabilita­ting and furnishing over 740 schools with only 400 completed, noting that those who failed to execute their contract, have had them terminated and asked to make refunds.

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