Apologise for calling us drunkards, Tiv youths tell Ortom

November 30, 2021 Editor 0

Tiv Youth Council Worldwide (TYCW) has demanded an apology from the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, for referring to Benue indigenes as a people who only drink alcohol all day without any work but yet insult him for not helping them. The TYCW in a statement signed by its President, Hon. Mike Msuaan, and made available to newsmen in Abuja Read More

Pius Awodi, passage of a man of honour and intergity

November 25, 2021 Usman Adams 0

I first met late Pius Awodi in 1965 when I gained admission into the then Provincial Secondary School (PSS), Katsinal-Ala. He was already in Form 4, three years ahead of me. It did not take long for us to bond on realising that we were from the same geographical area. He was in East House and I was in Sloan. Read More

Herdsmen: Benue LGs, groups urge security at entry points

November 16, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Benue local government chairmen and socio-cultural groups Monday called on the federal government to order deployment of special forces to entry points into Benue state that are usually used by herdsmen militia. The chairmen also said 21 local government areas out of the 23 were affected by attacks by the herdsmen who they said are bent on eliminating the people Read More

I’m not a supporter of direct primaries but…. – Ortom

November 11, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Wednesday said he has never been a supporter of direct primaries but if the issues becomes law, he would have no option but support it. Ortom who made this known in Makurdi, after returning from a trip out of the state noted that conducting direct primaries would involve a lot of finances among other Read More

You were twice removed over graft, PDP tells Hembe

November 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue state, Tuesday, took a swipe on member of House of Representatives from Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency, Barrister Herman Iorwase Hembe, saying he has no moral ground to speak on issues of finances, having been removed twice from positions over allegations of graft. Hembe was alleged to have tongue-lashed Governor Samuel Ortom during interface hosted Read More

Benue anti grazing law: Successes, compliance and challenges so far

November 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s nearly three years since anti grazing law came into effect in Benue state. JOHN SHIAONDO writes on implementation so far. In 2017, Benue state government consistent with its constitutional powers enacted anti open grazing and ranches establishment law which seeks to prohibit open rearing of livestock.The law also provided for the establishment of ranches in line with global best Read More

Ukpute/Bonta crisis: The facts beyond controversy

November 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The last has not been heard about the crisis that engulfed part of Igede land of Benue state early this year. AGI ONDA writes on the facts of the crisis. Ukpute, a little-known settlement in Oju local government area of Benue state came to world attention in July 2021 following a hydra-headed clash between it and Bonta community of Konshisha Read More

With new leaders, PDP positioned to wrestle power from APC – Ortom

November 2, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Monday said with the election of new national leaders, the People Democratic Party (PDP) is now ready and determined to wrestle power from the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government.Ortom said the APC led government has failed and only succeeded in destroying Nigeria’s unity, economy, security and social life, instead of developing the country. Read More

Breaking: Ayu, Anyanwu confirmed National chairman, secretary as new PDP executive emerge

A former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, from Benue state, North Central Nigeria has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman-Elect. Ayu was declared National winner after 3, 426 delegates affirmed his unopposed position at the party’s convention in Abuja. The outcome of the election was announced in the early hours of Sunday. Similarly, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, from Read More

As freight forwarding profession gears towards rebranding, repositioning…

October 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The new lease of life introduced into freight and forwarding business has geared it towards efficiency as BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. Over the years, freight forwarders looked odd and forsaken compared to other operators in Nigeria’s maritime sector. While shippers, customs, terminal operators, port security agencies, etc, were well organised, regulated and supervised by statutory agencies, freight forwarders were not. In Read More

HYPPADEC to provide solar power in 7 Benue LGAs

October 25, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

The managing director, Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), Dr Abubakar Yelwa, Monday said the commission will power seven local government areas in the riverine areas in Benue with solar street lights. The commission is also to train and empower four hundred persons across the seven local government areas selected in Benue state.Yelwa stated this during a one-day stakeholders Read More

Benue APC congress and the Akume factor

October 19, 2021 Musa Wada 0

Benue state is in a mood of celebration over the peaceful, fair, just and transparent state congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The doomsayers had prior to the event which was held at Makurdi, the state capital, predicted that the APC would implode due to the seeming grieviances and acrimony that would arise from the exercise. But the doomsayers Read More

I never accused Akume of interfering in lottery operations – Board chair

October 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The chairman, Board of Lottery Regulatory Commission, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle has debunked media reports in some section that he accused Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume of interfering in the operations of the commission. Alhaji Ibikunle said that there was no iota of truth in the publication as there was never a time the Governing Board Read More

In Benue, Ortom encourages youth to acquire skills to create wealth

October 13, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Wednesday encouraged the youth to undertake various artisanship training in order to create employment and wealth for themselves. Ortom gave the advice during an interactive forum organised by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for stakeholders at the Makurdi area office.The governor said acquisition of skills in artisanship was the most certain way that could help Read More

Foundation tasks Nigerians on peace building

October 13, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace (FJDP) of the Catholic diocese of Makudi, in collaboration with the Misereor has called on Nigerians to understand the importance of peace and development in their various communities. The called was made Wednesday during a stakeholders forum, community engagement towards peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians. Programme manager of the foundation Mr. Valentine Kwaghchimin, said Read More

National Chairman: PDP North-central stakeholders adopts Senator Ayu

October 13, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention slated for 30th and 31st October, the North Central Stakeholders drawn from Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Benue states and Federal Capital Territory unanimously adopted the former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu as their consensus candidate for the position of national chairman. North central stakeholders meeting held Tuesday at Benue state governor’s Read More

Benue spends N700m on pensioners monthly – Ortom

October 11, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state weekend stated that the state expends N700 million monthly on payment of pensions. He also said his administration inherited over N70 billion arrears of pensions and gratuities of retirees. Speaking in an interview with journalists in Makurdi, he said relentless efforts had reduced the backlog of pensions to less than N35b.He stated further that Read More

2023: My former position ‘ll help me provide good service to Benue- Orbunde

September 30, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Chief of Staff to the governor of Benue state Terwase Orbunde, has resigned his appontment to pursue ambition for the Benue governorship in 2023. Orbunde tendered his letter of resignation Thursday in compliance with Governor Samuel Ortom’s directive that his political appointees nursing ambition to contest elections in 2023 should resign on or before 30th September, 2021. The former Chief Read More

Lead pit collapse kills 3 illegal miners in Benue

September 29, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

No fewer than three persons, Tuesday, died while one other was injured when a Lead mining pit collapsed in Anyiin, Logo local government area of Benue state. Chairman of the area, Comrade Terséer Agbe, disclosed to journalists in an interview, saying the miners refused to heed to several warnings from the council to stop their activities. He said the miners Read More

9 killed as herders attack Benue communities

September 28, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

At least nine persons were said to have been killed when persons suspected to be herders attacked some communities in Guma local government area of Benue state. Chairman of the area, Caleb Aba, who stated this Tuesday in an interview in Makurdi, said the attackers invaded the community and kidnapped his younger brother with four others when they went to Read More

Contextualising Akume’s philantrophy and politics

September 20, 2021 Musa Wada 0

It is an incontestable fact that Senator George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, and former governor of Benue state, is the undisputable leader of Benue politics. Since the return of democracy in 1999, Akume has traversed the Benue political scene like a collosus. His political successes have left many including his critics in awe. He has Read More

I ‘ll fully implement women affirmative action if elected Benue gov – Igbawua

September 18, 2021 Chamba Simeh, Abuja 0

The Chairman of all governorship aspirants in Benue state for the 2023 elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Chille Igbawua, has expressed readiness to fully implement the 30 per cent women affirmative action, if elected governor of the state. A statement by the Media Coordinator for the Governorship Consultative Team, Mr Andrew Oota, said the aspirant Read More

APC national chair: Ex-Borno gov, Modu Sheriff, begins campaign, lobbies APC govs

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) planned national convention expected to hold before the end of the year, former Borno state governor, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff has embarked on state wide campaign, even as efforts are intensified to secure the support of the party’s serving governors. Aside Modu Sheriff, other national chairmanship aspirants include; former Gombe state governor, Senator Read More