Ortom assures of partnership with authors to boost literary work
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has assured members of the state chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, of his administration’s commitment towards encouraging literary work.
Giving the assurance while receiving officials and members of the organization at Benue Peoples House, today, Ortom directed its chairman, Charles Iornumbe, to discuss modalities for partnership between the state government and ANA with the commissioner for education.
The governor charged ANA members to inspire young ones through writing and noted that God’s given talent should not be hidden.
He said what the society uses today was the creation of past writers and noted that writing encourages hard work.
Governor Ortom urged ANA to encourage writing and reading competition among young ones, regretting that miracle centers have complicated the situation.
He promised to provide office accommodation for the association in readiness for its national convention and accepted the request to be its patron.
The governor said something has to be done about the state’s bogus wage bill without necessarily tampering with the workforce and gave the example of Nasarawa,
Plateau and Taraba states which have low wage bills even as they have state universities like Benue that has salary wage bill of more than N7 billion.