By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel says he is deeply touched by the murder of his Principal Special Assistant on Knowledge Economy and Investments, Dr. Tavershima Adyorough, describing the deceased aide as a renowned economist who played very important roles in his administration.
Governor Ortom made this known to newsmen shortly after visiting Adyorough’s wife who is on admission at the intensive care unit of the Benue State University Teaching hospital (BSUTH),due to gunshot injuries she sustained during the attack.
He lamented that the unfortunate incident happened when the state is grappling with economic challenges and tapping from the rich knowledge of Dr. Adyorugh in order to add value to the development of Benue to make life more meaningful for every average Benue man and woman.
Governor Ortom however noted that he would not be distracted from his vision and mission of taking Benue to another level of development no matter the attacks on him and members of his administration, stressing that he foresaw the ‘giant’ trying to hinder Benue’s development right from the days of his campaigns which he summarized into a song and is now being used as the state anthem.
He assured Benue people that the killers of his aide would definitely be apprehended and brought to justice.
While describing volunteering information as key to security issues, the Governor said everyone has an active role to play in addition to security agencies for the needed security of lives and property to be achieved.
He urged criminal elements in the state to explore other avenues of survival and desist from crimes, saying that opportunities abound in agriculture and other small businesses for youths of the state.
On the issue of Benue State government abandoning youth that embrace the State amnesty program, Ortom dismissed the speculation, said the youth were been integrated into the society in diverse meaningful opportunities as captured in his inaugural speech.