The Benue Youth Forum, BYF, has expressed utter disappointment over what it described as a careless and baseless comment credited to someone it called a faceless character by name Aloo Tordue against Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
BYF in a statement signed by Terrence Kuanum, its President, slammed Tordue for claiming that Governor Ortom has not done anything good for the state and deserves to be in jail. What nonsense!
The Benue Youth Forum said it considers the statement as uncharitable and grossly unfortunate considering the giant strides that the governor has made and is still making towards the wholistic development of the state.
“The unruly Aloo needs to be aware that Governor Ortom has changed the face of the state through massive infrastructural development ranging from construction of roads across the state to renovation/rehabilitation of thousands of schools at all levels,” BYF’s statement said.
“He must also know that Governor Ortom has established the Benue Health Insurance Scheme and has domesticated the Pencon law to solve the issue of challenges associated with payment of pension to retirees.
“Governor Ortom’s administration equally blazed the trail by being the first to graduate medical students at the Benue State University after many years of stagnation. This is in addition to settling the issue of accreditation for the Schools of Nursing in Makurdi and School of Health Technology, Agasha.
“It is on record that Governor Ortom executed so many projects some of which were commissioned at different times by the governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State. This is in addition to a plethora of other projects under construction which will be commissioned very soon.
“Governor Ortom’s refusal to trade his conscience for the people of Benue State who gave him their mandate in 2015 and again in 2019 for political gains has set him up against those who don’t wish the state well. Governor Ortom’s resistance against the evil forces and his resilience has paid off greatly as shown in his tremendous feat.
“This faceless and misguided Aloo who is obviously working as a hireling of some failed politicians has to bow his head in shame as his attempt to diminish the sterling performance of Governor Ortom has failed.
“The Governor is reputed to be at the forefront of ensuring the security of lives and property of Benue people even in the face of distractions from enemies of the state.
“The penchant of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue coming in different shades and colours to cast aspersions on Governor Ortom even with his laudable achievements would never succeed.
“The Benue Youth Forum wishes to tell Aloo and his APC paymasters that he is terribly misinformed to the extent of giving false and horrible figures to represent the months the government is owing workers and retirees.
“The BYF however notes that it is rather disheartening that it is the Federal Government led by the APC that is bent on frustrating Governor Ortom’s efforts to protect the welfare and wellbeing of the people.
“Clear examples are the federal government’s refusal to grant the request to procure weapons for the Benue state Volunteer guards and the decision to deny the state the move to obtain loans and settle its financial obligations.
“The Benue Youth Forum therefore feels that it is Aloo Tordue that deserves to be in jail for deliberate mischief and desperation to misinform the people for peanuts from some characters whose political future is in jeopardy.”