Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today charged auditors from the office of the Auditor General of the State to blow the whistle if they see any fishy deal anywhere including his office.

He also vowed that no amount of intimidation would make his administration to pay those he described as crooks whose names have been put on payment vouchers of local governments.


Governor Ortom gave the charge when he received the management team from the Auditor General’s office led by the acting auditor general of the state, Mr.Mkena Humbe, at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.

He reiterated the determination of his administration to be prudent in managing the financial resources of the State, stressing the need for government departments and appointees to submit themselves for scrutiny.

He directed the acting Auditor General and his staff to ensure that their needs were captured in next year’s budget, adding that if they compromised their responsibilities he would engage independent auditors to scrutinize them for possible sanctions if found wanting. Read the rest of this entry »

By Shom Akor

Against the Backdrop of the order of the Federal High Court which called for the enforcement of its judgment of 2005 delimiting the Ushongo constituency into


two; asking consequentially for fresh elections to be conducted into the two new constituencies within 90 days; telling Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly who currently represents the Ushongo Constituency to vacate the seat, especially since with the delimitation, his constituency as it is now, will no longer exist.
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The Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency Dr Samuel Ortom has initiated a process of preparing a long term Benue State Development Plan. The Governor directed the Committee drafting the Ten Year Development Plan to ensure that the views of the people of Benue State are heard and taken on board in the preparation of the Plan. The purpose of the Call for Memoranda, therefore,


is to capture the views of the Benue People, within and outside the State, on a range of issues.
Benue People should rest assured that their views will be taken seriously, and therefore be realistic and have the future of our dear State at heart as they respond to this call.
For ease of collation of the expected response to this call, the following provide the scope for response: Read the rest of this entry »

.As Court Divides Constituency Into Two
The Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi today ordered the enforcement of its Judgment delimiting the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Ushongo Constituency, into two by INEC to become the Ushongo and Mbagwa state constituencies.


Consequentially, it ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return it previously issued to Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, the Speaker of the Benue State House Of Assembly, who is the member representing the people of Ushongo at the State House of Assembly and to conduct elections within 90 days into the two constituencies. Read the rest of this entry »

. Might Head to Supreme Court
The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday dismissed the appeal filed by Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Governorship candidate Prince Terhemen Tarzoor challenging the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal to declare Governor Samuel Ortom as the duly elected governor of the State.


Tarzoor had on October 2nd 2015 filed a 14 ground appeal, complaining that the lower court erred in its judgement in holding that Ortom was duly elected having not been properly nominated by the All Progressives Congress, APC to contest the April 11th, 2015 governorship election in the State.

 In his judgement Justice Mohammed Garuba dismissed Tarzoor’s appeal and upheld the judgement of the tribunal delivered on 29th September, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »