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L - R Sam Ode,Gov. Gabriel Suswam, Tor Tiv, DR Alfred Akawe Torkula, vice president Namadi Sambo, Prof. Nicholas Ada

The vice president, Arc. Namadi Sambo was in Benue state today where he laid foundation for construction of Teaching Hospital of the University of Agriculture in Akwete, Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue.

The Vice President who was there to represent the president, said the teaching hospital was in fulfillment of his promise to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and provide quality education to the people.

According to Sambo, the Jonathan’s administration has established 14 universities with 10 in the North while 4 were in the South, explaining that the development had provided ample opportunities for youths to obtain qualitative education.

While laying the foundation stone he acknowledged that the establishment of the teaching hospital in Otukpo was aimed at boosting health delivery to the people of the area.

Speaking at the occassion, the Senate President, David Mark said he was overwhelmed by the gesture of the President to locate the university in his domain and commended Jonathan for continuing with the Transformation Agenda.

He advised Jonathan not to join issues with his political foes, whom he said, were bent on distracting him, noting that the teaching hospital would be one of the President’s enduring legacies long after his exit from political office.

Gov. Gabriel Suswam, appealed to the people to vote for the President, whom he said, was committed to transforming the economy through job creation to uplift the standard of living.
Before the commissioning the Vice-President paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Benue Traditional Council,  the Tor Tiv in Makurdi and proceeded to Otukpo where he also paid a courtesy call on the Ochi ‘ Idoma. See pix below

Photo Credits : Emma Uja and Emmanuel


The case filled by the four  aggrieved All Progressives Congress, APC governorship aspirants in Benue State,   challenging the candidature of Dr Samuel Ortom took a different twist today when two of the petitioners raised alarm that their signatures were forged by  the other plaintiffs for their selfish ambition.
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. Pegs actual cost at 20 million Naira each

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Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State

The Benue state commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Terfa Atoza has revealed that the state government is ready to give out stalls at the newly constructed ultra modern market at the cost of 4 million naira only.  He however added that the actual cost of a single unit of shop at the Benue Ultra modern market would have cost 20 million Naira if put up on sale.
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. How Suswam Has Paid Ayu.

By Mannasseh Aondohemba

Iyorchia Demenongu Ayu is a former president of the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ayu, a Gboko born silent political heavy weight that is feared and loathed by many is the only Tiv politician with the rare opportunity of presiding over three different ministries in Nigeria as a cabinet minister. They include ministry of Education, Internal Affairs and Commerce/Industries.

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Dr. Iorchia Ayu

Before 1999, Ayu and Chief Barnabas Gemade were the most promising and influential politicians in Tiv land. The two had the political power to make and unmake anybody. The making of George Akume as third civilian governor of Benue State is also traceable to the two mighty men.

As director general of the presidential campaign in 1999, Ayu used his position adequately with brotherly sentiments on the then governor George Akume to comfortably take control of the government and ease out Chief Barnabas Gemade. It is on record that George Akume gave to Ayu the kind of respect no politician has ever given and may never give another in Tivland.
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Two persons have been report dead, with many sustaining injuries and an unconfirmed number missing in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, as suspected Fulani herdsmen relaunched an early morning attack on Anyiin, the home town of Governor Gabriel Suswam.
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