By Ekre Christian
1. After a long wait, the people of Benue State welcomed a new government with open arms on Friday as Dr. Samuel Ortom finally mounted the throne of leadership as the state’s number one man.
2. Shortly after his swearing-in as the state chief executive officer, governor Ortom decorated Orlu Pawa as his Chief Security Officer amid cheers.
3. Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has warned that no thief will escape the sword of President Muhammadu Buhari. The governor in his inaugural speech affirmed that the sword of the new president will locate any one who had stolen public funds. He was referring to his predecessor , Suswam who fled the country with his wife shortly after handing over to him.
4. Senate President, David Mark, has urged Nigerians to persevere more for the continued sustenance of democratic government in the country.
He said “all hands must be on deck where everyone plays his or her role to ensure that our democracy endures”.
Disclosing this yesterday in a goodwill message to Nigerians marking this year’s democracy day, Mark said “All Nigerians deserves commendation. We have done well so far. We must strive more to make democracy a way of life.
5. Benue is billed to host the Less Is More Fashion and Musical Festival (LIM-FMF 2015). The annual event which comes up on 1st August 2015 is organised by Ed-Frank Modeling International one of Benue’s indigenous modeling agencies.
Speaking to newsmen, CEO of the organisation, Mr. Morgan Zaaya said the event is aimed at creating a platform that markets young and creative talents in Benue State, bringing together fashion designers, models, musical artistes, make-up artists, and to promote humanitarian activities, reaching out to the less privilege by way of touching lives, which he says he cannot achieve alone without the support of others.
6.Minister of interior, Abba Moro has challenged the next minister of interior to surpass his achievement in office.
While commissioning of projects at the Civil Defence academy Sauka, Abuja, the minister said “I will encourage the incoming minister of interior to take up from where we are stopping and take the ministry to the next level of development to add value to life of the ordinary Nigerian.”
7. Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has disclosed he left his administration dept profile of N9.2bn behind for the incoming administration of Samuel Ortom.
Suswam disclosed this at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Makurdi after presenting his handover notes to Ortom.
He said, “I am leaving behind a total debt profile of N9.2bn for the incoming administration.”
He said he regrets that he did not take the state to a greater heights after spending eight years as a governor
8. Former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam has stated that the people of the state will truly miss him. He claimed he had done his best for them and will always treasure the memories.
9. 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, adding that he would see to the welfare of the people.
10. At the inauguration event of the Nasarawa governor Tanko Al-makura, things went south very quickly when thugs sympathetic to the APC beat a journalist until he went into a coma allegedly as a result of an unfavourable piece he wrote against President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Tanko Al-makura, and other “unwanted reports”.