Ortom’s government of vengeance, his “god” and the gaffes

It has been barely over three weeks that the incumbent Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ioraer Ortom took over the reins of power in the Food Basket State as the very first opposition candidate to successfully defeat a sitting governor and occupy the seat of governance in the state. Ortom, a former Minister of…… Continue reading Ortom’s government of vengeance, his “god” and the gaffes

NICK EWORO IS BANG ON TARGET, LEAVE HIM ALONE

The flak flying at Hon. Nick Eworo, aka Odukeleho, shows that the Benue State lawmaker representing Obi state constituency is bang on target. Sometimes, you can gauge someone’s quality from the enemies he makes. By such standard, I think the former House of Reps aspirant on the platform of the umbrella party, who has in…… Continue reading NICK EWORO IS BANG ON TARGET, LEAVE HIM ALONE

IN DEFENCE OF SUSWAM

…Thoughts on Suswam’s economic and fiscal management, By Hussaini Hayatu How do you run ambitious development plans in a state that is mostly under-provided with infrastructure and whose population of some 4.3 million, mostly agrarian, engage in primitive farming? How do you turn around a state’s economy from being among the worst indebted to being among…… Continue reading IN DEFENCE OF SUSWAM

BORROWING TO PAY SALARY: ORTOM MUST RAISE GOVERNANCE ANTE, PLEASE

By James Ibechi Dateline: Makurdi on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, we’re told, just got the approval of the state lawmakers to borrow N10billion from FMBN. Ostensibly, the buck is to enable the new governor pay the unpaid salaries of government staff that were inherited from the former governor, Gabriel Suswam.…… Continue reading BORROWING TO PAY SALARY: ORTOM MUST RAISE GOVERNANCE ANTE, PLEASE

My take on NASS leadership, by Okwe Ogah

American democratic system which we copy ours from is thriving because of the balance of forces between the two leading political parties. It is only in rear occasions that you see one party controlling both the Executive and the Legislature arms of over over there. This allows robust opposition to thrive thus allowing the arms…… Continue reading My take on NASS leadership, by Okwe Ogah

POVERTY: BUHARI’S PROMISED N5000 PALLIATIVE AND CORRUPTION

Five thousand naira (N5000) monthly poverty reduction grant to poorest Nigerians, hinted by Yemi Osinbajo to begin soon as a campaign promise made good by Muhammadu Buhari is a welcome development. That is, if the scheme will be implemented in such a way that takes a marked departure from the failed PDP’s poverty alleviation or…… Continue reading POVERTY: BUHARI’S PROMISED N5000 PALLIATIVE AND CORRUPTION

Suswam: Victim of fair weather friends

By Hussaini Hayatu Nigerians are certainly living in interesting times judging from developments prior to the general elections of March 28, 2015 and the air of anticipation which heralded the elections and subsequent outcome of the elections. Presently the entire nation is holding its breath waiting for what would happen after May 29. The March…… Continue reading Suswam: Victim of fair weather friends

The sack of Suswam’s ‘boys’, by Andyson Iji Egbodo

With the sacking of all the Benue State LG caretaker committees’ yesterday, the era of the ugly past when illitrates were the ones to be appointed Supervisors or Advisers for Education in various LGAs just because they are Oga’s boys is gone. Gone too should be the time when LG chairmanship appointments are only given…… Continue reading The sack of Suswam’s ‘boys’, by Andyson Iji Egbodo

What I think Buhari should do to Boko Haram, by James Ibechi

  Buhari’s first major decision in office was the relocation of military HQTRS to Maiduguri from Abuja. He will leverage on this reposition to achieve his avowed pledge to defeat Boko Haram. Since he gave the order, many people have in the media criticised the descision as no necessary strategy to win the battle against…… Continue reading What I think Buhari should do to Boko Haram, by James Ibechi

The dilemma of sacked Obi LG boss, by Joe Ipenyi

The immediate dissolution of the local government caretaker committees in the 23 councils of Benue State  by  the Governor Dr. Samuel Ortom on Wednessday has put the Obi LG, Paul Ikwe in a quandary. Joe Ipenyi examines the plight of the sacked LG boss and offers his candid advice. Jesus Christ of Nazareth! So the…… Continue reading The dilemma of sacked Obi LG boss, by Joe Ipenyi

Ortom sacks LG bosses

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday approved the dissolution of the 23 local government caretaker committees with immediate effect. A statement signed by Barrister Targema Takema, Secretary to the State Government directed caretaker committee chairmen to hand over to the Directors, General Services and Administration of their local governments. The statement requested…… Continue reading Ortom sacks LG bosses

I inherited empty treasury, says Ortom

*Inaugurates key officers Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom today inaugurated his key officers in the persons of Targema Takema as the Secretary to the State Government, Iwanta Adaikwu as Head of Service, Terwase Orbunde as Chief of Staff and Tahav Agerzua, as Media Adviser. At the event which was held at the Benue Peoples…… Continue reading I inherited empty treasury, says Ortom

BREAKING: Buhari set to engage more aides, informs Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval to appoint 15 advisers. The letter was read in the Senate on Tuesday by the Senate president, David Mark. It was Mr. Buhari’s first correspondence to the National Assembly since assuming office Friday. The appointments would be the second for the new president who only…… Continue reading BREAKING: Buhari set to engage more aides, informs Senate

A turning point for Igede, by Ogi John

Congratulations to Nigeria and Igede nation as a whole, as yesterday marked a great point and a dawn of a new era for the nation. Igede nation over the years has been seen in Benue State as a minority tribe, reasons for such categorisation remain basically a function of humane population not necessarily capabilities. But…… Continue reading A turning point for Igede, by Ogi John

Suswam, Lawani, aides shun Ortom’s inauguration

Former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam; his deputy, Chief Steven Lawani and their aides yesterday shunned the inauguration of the newly sworn-in governor, Samuel Ortom, of the APC and his deputy, Benson Abounu. At the inauguration ceremony, Chief Ortom promised to provide the needed developmental projects that had eluded the people of the state,…… Continue reading Suswam, Lawani, aides shun Ortom’s inauguration

I never banned anyone from travelling -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said weekend that he has not banned anyone from travelling abroad. “Officials of past administrations including ministers are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at the airports or at other points of entry and exit,” the president…… Continue reading I never banned anyone from travelling -Buhari

Governors won’t steal LG funds again, says Buhari

“I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody” President Mohammadu Buhari may have disappointed those believing that he would be a president of a particular group of people, when he declared in his inaugural speech yesterday that he would be a president of all Nigerians. “I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody, was the…… Continue reading Governors won’t steal LG funds again, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari takes first decision as Suswam allegedly flees Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari told in his inauguration speech that until Boko Haram is defeated the army headquarters will be situated in Maiduguri, not in Abuja. The first Buhari’s decision as president of Nigeria is the order to relocate the military command centre from Abuja to Maiduguri immediately. The President gave this order in his inauguration…… Continue reading President Muhammadu Buhari takes first decision as Suswam allegedly flees Nigeria

Ortom, Buhari should be crack Governor, President

By James Ibechi Among the things that mostly define the character of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the 16 years that it has held sway at the centre and in many states of the federation, apart from widespread high corrupt practices among the government top shots, is what can be termed the broad…… Continue reading Ortom, Buhari should be crack Governor, President