…As Kwenev Community Gets Boreholes, Health Centre
By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) -. Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has approved immediate drilling of four standard boreholes for the people of Kwenev in Kaambe Council Ward of Guma Local Government Areas to address their water challenges.
He gave the approval on Saturday, (June 4th, 2022) when the community hosted him for his efforts in developing the community and the State at large.
According to the statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur made available to Sundiata Post on Saturday, the Governor also vowed that no amount of intimidation and deprivation by enemies of the state will deter him from fighting for the rights of the people .
The Governor has therefore directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Frank Usaadi who hails from the area to follow it up immediately to fastrack the execution of the directive.
On the health clinic in the area that was abandoned midway, he disclosed that due to poor execution of work carried out by the contractor, the facility would be reconstructed for it to commence health services to the people.
He announced that all the equipment needed for the clinic had been bought and would immediately be deployed for the reconstruction .
The Governor also directed that the six kindred heads that make up Kwenev council ward be provided with a motorcycle each to ease their movement and facilitate their work of administering the area.
Governor Ortom expressed appreciation to the Kwenev people, who are his maternal home, for standing with his Government to succeed and assured that he would continue to work hard to address the security challenges confronting them.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Frank Usaadi who spoke for the community requested for the provision of potable water for the people and reconstruction of the clinic which he said was abandoned.
In another development, Governor Ortom at the burial of a political associate in Saghev Council Ward of Guma local government, Titus Unde Igyor said that the priority of the people who voted him twice as Governor was to protect them against external aggression and would continue to do so without minding threats to his life.
He noted that due to his stand against Fulani herdsmen who enjoys protection from the Federal Government, several attempts have been made to assassinate him just as the state is deprived of legitimate benefits.
According to the Governor , “the persistent attacks and gruesome killings of innocent people was to intimidate the state into giving up their ancestral lands for Fulani herdsmen to continue with their open grazing”.
He encouraged the people of the area to be ready to support the Community Volunteer Guards which will be launched by the end of this month (June) to enable the security outfit complement the efforts of conventional agencies in protecting lives and properties.
Governor Ortom described the death of Mr. Titus Unde Igyor as painful, stressing that his death has created a vacuum in his community, the church and political family but said no body can question the will of God .
In their separate funeral orations, member House of Representatives for Makurdi-Guma, Mr. Benjamin Mzondu, member House of Assembly for Guma, Mr. William Ortyom and Ter Guma Chief Dennis Ishemberga said the deceased lived an upright life and contributed immensely to the development of the community.