Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the people of the state to embrace education as it remained the surest solution to ignorance, poverty and disease.
Governor Ortom, who made the call while addressing groups who came to celebrate Christmas with him at his home in Gbajimba at the weekend, advised parents and guardians to ensure that their wards go to school as that would empower them to build careers and aspire to any position in life.
The governor urged youths of the state to accord elders respect so that they could also grow, even as he stressed the need for the people to return to agriculture as revenue from the federation account could no longer sustain the state.
He thanked former governor of the state, Senator George Akume, for the immense support he provided for his emergence as governor and thereafter, assuring the All Progressives Congress, APC, leader in the state that he would not disappoint the people of the state.
Earlier, Akume commended the governor for his efforts despite what he described as the terrible state the economy was in when he assumed office.
Senator Akume also sued for unity, particularly within the Minda axis, calling on the people to stand behind their son, Governor Ortom, to succeed as that would be of great benefit to the area.
Also speaking, former governorship candidate and the director-general of the Ortom-Abounu Campaign Organisation, Professor Steve Ugbah expressed conviction that the Ortom administration would deliver on its promises to the people and urged them to support the state government, adding that with the manner Governor Ortom had begun, there was hope for a new Benue.

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