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Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State

1st year anniversary: Ortom directs MDAs to brief media

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State
Governor Samuel Ortom has directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to brief journalists about their activities as a build up to his first anniversary in office.
He gave the directive when the state executive committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Benue State Council, paid him a courtesy visit at the Benue Peoples House, at the weekend.
The Governor directed the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Chief Ode Ageh, Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, and Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, to work out the modalities in collaboration with the council.
He said it was necessary for journalists to know what was happening so that they could better inform the people, adding that where there were challenges they also needed to know.
Governor Ortom appealed to journalists to investigate and balance their stories in accordance with the ethics of their profession even as they criticise constructively.
Chairman of the council, Mr Kris Atsaka had acknowledged efforts of the administration through the amnesty programme, bailout, accreditation of the College of Health Sciences, and renovation of School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Others, according to him, include the payment of counterpart funding, award of contracts for completion of abandoned projects, constitution of the board of the Benue State Internal Revenue Service with the introduction of point of sales for enhanced revenue collection.
According to him, the administration has exhibited zero tolerance for corruption as exemplified by the Kpojime Commission of Inquiry from which it was taking legal steps to recover looted funds as well as award of massive contracts for provision of infrastructure in schools.
“Despite these laudable achievements within your coming on board, the Fulani and farmers’ problem in the state is worrisome; the NUJ condemns the attacks in entirety and reiterates the call on the Federal Government steps to stop the pogrom,” he stated.
Mr Atsaka requested the Governor to direct MDAS to participate in the Ministerial Press Briefings proposed by the NUJ, the revamping of the state media outfits, implementation of 22 percent weigh-in allowances for state-owned media, renovation of its secretariat and primary school and provision of a bus.

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