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Benue’s stance on NLTP unchanged, Governor Ortom insists

By Joseph Wantu (Makurdi) and Ahmed Idris Birnin (Kebbi)
29 October 2021   |   4:09 am
Benue State Government has described as false and mischievous media reports credited to former Presidential aide, Laureta Onochie, about the stance of Governor Samuel Ortom on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).

[FILES] Samuel Ortom. Photo: IREPORTERS

• ‘We’ve not been served with accounts freezing order’
• PACAC begins anti-graft campaign in Kebbi

Benue State Government has described as false and mischievous media reports credited to former Presidential aide, Laureta Onochie, about the stance of Governor Samuel Ortom on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).

Ortom, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, yesterday, maintained that he had rejected all manner of coinage from the Federal Government to grab land from Benue, and had not changed his position.

But Onochie was quoted to have painted a picture of Ortom supporting RUGA because the state government was listed as one of the states that applied for funds from the Federal Government to establish ranches.

DESPITE reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja issued an interim order freezing all the banks accounts of Benue government, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Michael Gusah, has said the state has not been served with the process.

Gusah, who spoke on phone to newsmen yesterday, urged the Benue public not to worry, as measures were being taken to get the writ of originating summons to vacate the order.

MEANWHILE, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has begun campaign against corruption in to 21 local councils of Kebbi State.

Addressing stakeholders at the meeting held on public education/citizen enlightenment programme in Birnin Kebbi, the Executive Secretary of PACAC, Prof. Sadiq Radda, said the fight required all tiers and arms of government as well as the collective responsibility of all citizens.