Och’Idoma, Dr Elias Ekoyi Obekpa, has declared that the people of Benue South Senatorial District are more concerned with the provision of good governance than political appointments.
The paramount ruler of the Idoma nation who also commended Governor Ortom for finding one of their sons, Engineer Abounu worthy to be his Deputy, expressed confidence that all the problems confronting the administration were surmountable, promised that they would continue to pray for him to succeed and that on their part they would remain non partisan in dealing with the people.
The disclosure was made during a meeting with Idoma second class chiefs at the Och’Idoma’s palace in Otukpo, as part of the governor’s consultations with traditional rulers across the state.
In his remarks, Governor Samuel Ortom explained that appointments made by his administration have taken the interest of all sections in the state into consideration while ensuring that they were fair and just.
According to him the appointments were made in consultation with stakeholders in line with the administration’s philosophy of fairness, equity, justice and due process all aimed at reducing acrimony in the polity.
He said no section in the state had the monopoly of holding onto a particular position for too long pointing out that it was in such light that the position of Secretary to the State government was now moved to Benue North West while the State Head of Service went to Benue South in addition to five commissionership slots while the other senatorial districts had four each.
Governor Ortom said the Benue North East had five Special Advisers, North West four, and South six.
He however appealed to people of the state to see rotation of appointments and other decisions of government as part of the change Nigerians had fought for and restated commitment of the administration to the welfare of the people especially payment of salaries, pensions and provision of critical infrastructure.
The Governor also pledged to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and boost the state’s economy.
Governor Ortom who was accompanied by the state Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, called on the Idoma Area Traditional Council to collaborate with the administration to tackle security challenges in the state particularly especially in their domain.
He commended the Och’Idoma for remaining non partisan and admonished all royal fathers in the state to eschew partisan politics.