By Ejikeme Omenazu, LAGOS
Samuel Ortom, the Benue State governor, has announced the appointment of Professor Anthony Ijohor, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), as Secretary to State Government (SSG), in a move which saw him dropping five members of the State Executive Council (SEC).
Ortom stated this through an announcement he personally made at Tuesday’s SEC meeting, which he presided over at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, the state’s Government House
According to him, those affected by the reshuffle the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Chief Odeh Ageh, his colleagues in the Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Development, Water Resources and Environment, as well as Arts, Culture and Tourism, Messrs Mwuese Mnyim, Nick Wende and Sekav Iyortyom, respectively.
Also, Ortom announced that his Special Adviser on Small, Medium Enterprises and Micro Financing, Dr. Augustine Idogah, had been relieved of his appointment.
The governor expressed appreciation to the former appointees for the services they rendered to the state, promising to support them in their future endeavours, even as he explained that they were still part and parcel of the Benue Project.
He said Dr. Bem Melladu, who he commended for discharging the duties of the SSG well, would revert to his position as Special Adviser, adding that other replacements would be made soon.
Prof. Ijohor replaced Barrister Targema Takema, who had been on sick leave.