Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said his administration will complete all abandoned rural electrification projects in the state while also embarking on new ones. He stated this yesterday at Mbamtegh Community Secondary School, Abetse, Mbayion in Gboko local government area of the state.

He said electricity is a vital social amenity which can help people in the various communities of the state to engage in economic activities and be less dependent on government. The Governor also noted that education will continue to be a priority for his administration.

“We believe that the Benue child deserves nothing less than the best in education; this is why we have taken proactive steps to address the challenges in the education sector. The N3.8 billion which we have matched with UBEC’s N3.8 billion has given us N7.6 to invest in only our primary schools and we plan to do more,” he stated.

The Governor commended a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Sebastine Tar Hon, for his efforts in organising a fund raiser for the school, describing him as a blessing to his people. He also thanked Hon for leading a competent legal team that won the case arising from the petition the defeated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Terhemen Tarzoor, filed against him.

Also speaking, the Senator representing Benue North-West, Senator George Akume, urged the people of the state to stand behind Governor Ortom to enable him continue with the good work he is already doing. He said only a man of Governor Ortom’s discipline and capacity to prudently manage resources would have been able to lead the state after the degree of looting that took place under the previous administration.

Earlier, Hon appealed to the guests to donate generously for the school project, stressing that the gesture would benefit the immediate community and its environs. He thanked Governor Ortom for personally attending the event and requested that other challenges facing the people of Mbamtegh such as roads and electricity, be addressed.