The story of Eunice Erdoo Ortom, Ph.D, wife of the 5th democratically elected Governor of Benue State and Founder/Chairperson, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) is one of continuous success and effective leadership that at once emphasize the roles of mentorship and submission to authority in grooming future leaders.
Born of a parentage of Gwer West and Ushongo mix, Dr. Mrs. Ortom’s marriage to Dr. Samuel Ortom from Guma has also given her the broad-based view she brings to bear on her X-ray of
Benue issues, as she legitimately has a firm rooted claim to both zones A, and B with a paternal Grandmum from Otukpo in Zone C. Dr. Mrs. Eunice Ortom is truly the Mother of Benue, both by heritage and now, occupation!
Dr. Mrs. Ortom’s career has been as interesting, as has her ancestry.
Beginning a public service career as a youth Corps member, Eunice Ortom rose through the ranks of the Administrative cadre from administrative officer II to Principal Administrative Officer.
Her works of experience seems to derive from the broad spread of Ministerial experience as she traversed the offices of Accountant General, Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports, Finance, Head of Service. Benue State Development Project on HIV/AIDS and Benue State Aids Control Agency (BENSACA), where she was the Gender Focal Person.
All the above took the hardworking Eunice Ortom Seventeen years to achieve, between 1998 and 2015, before embarking on her present leave of absence.
Career aside, Dr. Mrs. Ortom’s strides in Education have equally been phenomenal. She attended Queen of the Rosary Secondary School Gboko, where she obtained the General Certificate of Education in 1988. Thereafter, Eunice Ortom proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Obtaining a B.Sc (Hons) in International Studies.
Her quest for more knowledge led Mrs. Ortom to obtain an M.Sc. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University in 2004.
A calm lady, adept at the permutations for effective combination of Family, Educational and Work life, Mrs. Ortom was to, again yield to the desire for more knowledge with the enrolment for, and subsequent graduation with a Ph.D in Political Science from the same Benue State University in 2016.
Dr. Mrs. Eunice Ortom is the loving wife of an accomplished husband, Dr. Samuel Ortom, present Governor of Benue State, a loving mother of six adorable children, a God-fearing Social mobilizer for youth and Women causes, and an avowed philanthropist.
Her NGO, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) is devoted to the thematic areas of Health, Education, Agriculture, Youth and Women Empowerment. Prior to ESLF, Dr. Mrs. Ortom’s humanitarian and charity work was done under the umbrella of Oracle Business Ltd Foundation (OBLF), which began in 2006.
Aside Founding and Chairing the Board of ESLF and her OBLF activities, Dr. Mrs. Ortom is Chairperson, Board of Directors of the Benue State Action Committee on Aids (BENSACA), USAID Net Ambassador in the fight against Malaria, UNICEF Champion/Advocate against Adolescent HIV and Matron, Association of Private Nursing Practitioners of Nigeria, to name a few top level activities in which the workaholic Eunice is engaged.