Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday expressed concern over the unending Tiv/Jukun crisis that has claimed many lives on both sides. The governor expressed his feelings about the clashes between the two ethnic groups during the swearing-in of four special advisers in government house, Makurdi.
Ortom said, “The crisis started several years ago and successive administrations have tried but this persisted. “This administration has also made concerted efforts with the governor of Taraba State at ensuring that peace reign in the two states.”
While condemning the incessant crisis, Ortom observed that the clash is gradually spilling over to Benue state. He called on the two ethnic groups to embrace peace, pointing out that it was impossible for the two tribes to dislodge each other from the area.
Inaugurating the new special advisers, Ortom charged them to redouble their efforts in assisting his administration to provide selfless service to people of the state. The governor noted that the appointees exhibited diligence, commitment and dedication to duty in their previous assignments which had earned them a reappointment.
He said that people of hard work and good character were needed to occupy strategic offices to help implement the recommendations of the Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led Transition Committee.
The Governor charged the appointees to be prudent in the discharge of their duties and shun the temptation to get involved in things that would make them regular visitors to anti-graft agencies after their tenure. The four special advisers who were reappointed include Elder Jerome Torshimbe, retired Col. Paul Hemba, Dr. Mrs. Magdalyne Dura and Joseph Odaudu.
Responding on behalf of her colleagues, Mrs. Magdalyne Dura expressed gratitude to the Governor for finding them worthy to serve in his second tenure and promised to justify the confidence reposed in them. She stated that as foot soldiers, they were committed to serving diligently and with total loyalty.