Ortom makes U-turn, says I’m not in support of Ayu’s removal

September 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said he is not in support of the clamour for the removal of the embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu. In a statement issued Tuesday by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom said insinuations that he is actively in support of the removal of Ayu who incidentally Read More

Benue: How 23 perished in flood – SEMA

September 27, 2022 John Shiaondo Makurdi 0

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Monday said 23 persons have died from flood and flood-related issues in Benue state. This is even as SEMA has begun distribution of relief materials to the victims of flood in the state. Statistics provided by the Benue SEMA while briefing newsmen Monday revealed that a total of 116,084 persons have so far Read More

Financial impropriety: Tiv Youth demand investigation of suspended BIPC Boss

September 26, 2022 Editor 0

The Tiv Youth Council Worldwide has called for the immediate commencement of investigation into allegations of financial impropriety leveled against the suspended Managing Director of the Benue investment, and Property Company (BIPC) The president of the youth council, Hon. Mike Msuaan, stated this in a press release in Abuja while reacting to the sack of Barr. Alex Adum by Governor Read More

Letter to the people of Kwande, Benue state

September 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

This is not the first time I will be writing an open letter to you the good people of Kwande local government area of Benue state. You have been living in peace and harmony with one another and that is commendable. I believe many of you are aware that one of your sons, Comrade Martin Iorsamber, is contesting for Benue Read More

Gunmen invade Benue communities, kill 10

September 22, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Gunmen Wednesday night, invaded Mchia village in Mbagber council ward, and Mou village in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward, all in Logo local government areas. Blueprint learnt that the attackers stormed the villages between 11pm and midnight of Wednesday, twelve people were killed at Mchia community and three people at Mou village with about 13 people injured,” a local, who did not Read More

Ortom has undergone surgery – Akase reveals

September 21, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has undergone minor surgery. The special adviser, media and publicity to the governor, Terver Akase revealed on Monday when reacting to questions regarding the plaster on Governor Ortom’s forehead. He said Ortom had a boil on the right side of his forehead and the plaster was placed to prevent infection “A number of people have Read More

2023: Blackmail can’t save PDP in Benue – Tersoo

September 9, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The Head of Communication, Rev. Fr. Hycinth Alia Campaign for the 2023 Election, Mr. Kula Tersoo, said Friday in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, that “there is no amount of badmouthing, blackmail, invectives and lies sponsored against the Benue state 2023 APC governorship candidate, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Iormen Alia, that will save the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from losing the Read More

Will Benue youth join the Iorsamber revolution?

September 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

A young senatorial candidate in Benue state, Comrade Martin Iorsamber, is calling for regime change in the state following the continuous recycling of failed politicians. This is the first time a young man from a humble background will come up in the state to challenge the money bag politicians on a decision they have made. The former governor of the Read More

NPFL: Iorfa sacks TM, recalls 3 other Lobi stars staff 

September 5, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Lobi Stars FC Dominic Iorfa has recalled three out of the 40 staff of the club that were dissolved. The Vice Chairman also terminated the appointment of the Team Manager, Gabriel Ogwuche for failing to attend the meeting convened by management of the club and failure to sign acceptance letter for the appointment Read More

Benue’s Operation Zenda arrests 2 kidnap suspects

August 12, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

Men of Operation Zenda, a joint security outfit in Benue state, have arrested two kidnap kingpins that had been terrorising Makurdi, the state capital, and its environs. The suspected kidnappers were identified as Solomon Iorver andAchoho Teryima, both residents of Logo 1 along Makurdi- Otukpo road. They confessed that they started the kidnapping business since last year and had abducted Read More

Benue: PDP governorship candidate a misfit – Wuhe

July 31, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

Candidate on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Ambassador Philip Wuhe, has taken a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, saying the party has failed and has nothing to warrant anyone to vote it again. Wuhe also described the governorship candidate of the PDP, who is also Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Read More

The unhealthy variables in Benue politics

July 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

Participatory democracy in Nigeria produces universally acknowledged outcomes. It gets people into elective public offices such as the presidency, governorship, senate, House of Representatives, houses of assembly, chairmanship and counselorship. The methodology for achieving those outcomes, however, has a distinctive Nigerian flavour. For instance, while in advanced democracies the pursuit of political power is anchored on a contestant’s antecedents and Read More

150 Benue farmers get farm inputs from IFAD-VCDP

July 22, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) in Benue state Friday distributed farm inputs to 150 rice farmers in eight local government areas of the state. The eight LGAs are Agatu, Guma, Gwer, Gwer West, Kwande, Logo, Ogbadibo and Okpokwu. The state programme coordinator (SPC), Mr. Emmanuel Igbaukum, disclosed this in Makurdi during the official flag-off Read More

2023 Benue North-west Senate: Periscoping Ortom’s strengths, weaknesses

July 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the race to occupy the Benue North-west Senatorial District, popularly known as Zone B, seat in 2023, reaches its peak, JOHN SHIAONDO peeps into Governor Samuel Ortom’s chances in the contest. The battle is indeed expected to be both fierce and interesting considering the pedigrees of those who have already shown interest in the race. Currently, there are more Read More

Benue IDPs recorded over 80 births in 6 months – SEMA

July 15, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The Benue state Emergency Management Agency SEMA Friday disclosed that over 80 births had been recorded across the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state in six months. Briefing newsmen during the monthly distribution of food items to the IDPs, the executive secretary of SEMA, Emmanuel Shior, said “since sex is normal among married men and women, it has Read More

Insecurity: Benue lawmaker urges states to give more support to LGs

July 15, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

A member of the Benue state House of Assembly representing Agatu state constituency, Hon. Godwin Abu Edo, on Friday urged state governments to give more support to local government councils and traditional rulers to enable them to effectively tackle insecurity at the local level. Edo also called for financial autonomy for state assemblies to prevent overdependence of the legislative arm Read More

Rape: Court fixes September 20 to hear Premiere Academy’s request against gender activist

July 14, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

An Abuja High Court has fixed Tuesday, 20th of September 2022 to entertain an interlocutory application brought by embattled Premiere Academy, Lugbe, seeking to restrain Child and Gender Rights Advocate, Lemmy Ughegbe from continuing to seek justice for late 14-year-old Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akphagher. Keren-Happuch, who was a boarding student of Premiere Academy, died on the 22nd of June after contracting Read More

Kashim: I present to you my master builder

June 20, 2022 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

In April 2019, in my article titled, ‘Kashim, a war time master builder’, I brought to you the commissioning of 432 resettlement houses in 13 villages by Tinubu, built by Kashim Shettima of Borno state, back in 2017. 13 primary and junior secondary schools were also commissioned along with a general hospital and five primary healthcare centres. There were also Read More

An assessment of Ortom’s 7 year-old administration in Benue

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Benue state governor Samuel Ortom on Sunday 29th May, 2022 clocked seven years in office. He is the fifth civilian governor of the state after Aper Aku, Rev Father Moses Adasu, Senator George Akume and Senator Gabriel Suswam. JOHN SHIAONDO reports on his scorecard. In the build up to the 2015 governorship election in the state, Gov Ortom was unarguably Read More

Letter to SDP Benue state over aggrieved members

June 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

As everyone’s attention was focused on PDP and APC presidential primaries, interesting things happened in smaller parties that demonstrated evil and capable of damaging the ideals of democracy, even though what we practice in Nigeria is still not an ideal democratic system of government. Benue State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) under the leadership of Mr. Ameh Ebute Read More