Sunday, October 22, 2017

Benue

    My govt has failed Benue workers, says Ortom

My govt has failed Benue workers, says Ortom

Benue governor Samuel Ortom admitted on Monday that his government had failed in its responsibility of paying workers salaries."A worker deserves his wages, but the Benue government has not been able to fulfill that obligation. We have failed the workers in this regard,” Ortom said in Makurdi, after meeting with national leaders of organised labour.He, however, said the factors responsible [...]

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    Benue workers begin indefinite strike

Benue workers begin indefinite strike

Civil servants in Benue on Tuesday commenced an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries.On Monday, the joint executive council of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had directed the workers to begin the industrial action the next day (Tuesday).In a communique issued at their meeting in Makurdi, the labour leaders had said the strike was [...]

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    Police release journalist who reported ‘diversion’ of relief materials

Police release journalist who reported ‘diversion’ of relief materials

Emmanuel Antswen, the NAN reporter who wrote about a protest at the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp at the International Market, Makurdi, has been released.NAN reports that the Benue police command released Antswen on Saturday at about 11 am after spending one night in the open cell at the state criminal investigation department.Kris Atsaka, chairman of the Benue state chapter [...]

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    Journalist arrested ‘over story on protest at Benue IDP camp’

Journalist arrested ‘over story on protest at Benue IDP camp’

The Benue police command has arrested Emmanuel Atswen, a NAN reporter, over a report on the protest by IDPs at the International Market camp in Makurdi.The IDPs had on September 12 protested against alleged diversion of relief materials and blocked the main entrance into the camp to stop vehicles loaded with the assorted relief materials, from driving out.Some of the [...]

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    Benue IDPs prevent ‘diversion’ of relief materials

Benue IDPs prevent ‘diversion’ of relief materials

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the International Market, Makurdi, Benue state, on Tuesday prevented the alleged diversion of relief materials by camp officials.According to NAN, the protest started when a truck, 2 Hilux vans, a bus and a saloon car loaded with relief materials from the camp warehouse, were about to drive out of the camp.The protesters overpowered [...]

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    I smell a rat in current strike action by Benue workers, says Ortom

I smell a rat in current strike action by Benue workers, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, Benue governor, said in Makurdi on Thursday that a salary syndicate working to frustrate the ongoing workers screening exercise was behind the strike action declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).Ortom stated this when the local organising committee, 2017 international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), paid him a courtesy call in Makurdi.NAN reports that the Benue [...]

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    Environment minister blames Benue flood on buildings constructed along water channels

Environment minister blames Benue flood on buildings constructed along water channels

Ibrahim Jibril, minister of state for environment, says buildings constructed along water channels caused the flood in Benue state.Esther Agbarakwe, media aide of the minister, quoted him as saying this after an assessment of the flooded areas.Jibril, who also a paid a visit to Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, commiserated with the people and reiterated the collective need to address [...]

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    ‘No mattress, no mosquito nets’ in camp provided for victims of Benue flood

‘No mattress, no mosquito nets’ in camp provided for victims of Benue flood

BY SOLOMON ELUSOJI On August 26, some minutes before 23:59, Gado Abimelech, a civil servant with the Benue state government, felt drops of rain hit his roof. It was going to be a cool, refreshing night, he thought. But, around 2:30 on August 27, he received a call from his neighbour. The voice on the other end sounded distressed and was [...]

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    Air force deploys medical aid to Benue flood victims

Air force deploys medical aid to Benue flood victims

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday inaugurated medical assistance programme to meet the medical needs of the recent flood victims in Makurdi, Benue.Olatokunbo Adesanya, director of public relations and information, NAF headquarters, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.According to Adesanya, the programme was inaugurated by MA Idris, the air officer commanding (AOC) tactical air command (TAC) of NAF.He [...]

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    NEMA DG visits flood-ridden Benue, says FG concerned about victims’ plight

NEMA DG visits flood-ridden Benue, says FG concerned about victims’ plight

Mustapha Maihaja, director general National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says the federal government is concerned about the plights of victims of the flooding in Benue state.Over 110,000 people in 24 communities were displaced by flooding in Benue state after a downpour.The state emergency management agency said over 2,769 households were also affected.While inspecting the flood affected areas in the state, [...]

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    Buhari directs NEMA to provide relief for Benue flood victims

Buhari directs NEMA to provide relief for Benue flood victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the victims displaced by flood in Benue state.The Benue State Emergency Management Agency had said over 100,000 people in 24 communities, including Makurdi, the state capital, have been displaced by the flood.Bonaiface Ortese, executive secretary of the agency, said over 2, 769 households [...]

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    PHOTOS: Flood ‘sacks 110,000 people’ in Benue

PHOTOS: Flood ‘sacks 110,000 people’ in Benue

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says over 110,000 people in 24 communities, including Makurdi, the state capital, have been displaced by flood.Bonaiface Ortese, executive secretary of the agency, told NAN that over 2, 769 households were also affected.He explained that places affected were Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, [...]

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    Gunmen ‘assassinate’ Ortom’s aide in Makurdi

Gunmen ‘assassinate’ Ortom’s aide in Makurdi

Unknown gunmen on Sunday reportedly assassinated Tavershima Adyorough, principal special assistant on knowledge economy and investments to Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state.The gunmen were said to have invaded his residence at BIPC quarters in Nyiman, Makurdi, around 12 am on Sunday, where they shot him and his wife.He was later confirmed dead at Benue State University Teaching Hospital, but [...]

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    River Benue dredging: Preliminary study alone ‘to cost N8bn’

River Benue dredging: Preliminary study alone ‘to cost N8bn’

The Benue state government says it requires over N300 billion to dredge River Benue to mitigate the perennial flooding challenge in the state.Terlumum Utsev, the state commissioner for water resources and environment, who disclosed this on Thursday in Makurdi, said that preliminary study alone would cost N8 billion.No fewer than 4000 houses were submerged in 2012 due to flooding which [...]

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    Tsav accuses Ortom of nepotism, executive recklessness

Tsav accuses Ortom of nepotism, executive recklessness

Abubakar Tsav, federal public complaints commissioner of the federation overseeing Benue state has accused Samuel Ortom, the governor, of nepotism and executive recklessness.In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated May 16, he alleged that the governor has placed his “family business” – Oracle Business Limited – above the state.According to NAN, the ten-page letter, titled 'Whistleblowing: Stagnation of Benue [...]

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    Obasanjo backs Ortom for second term

Obasanjo backs Ortom for second term

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday endorsed Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, for a second term in office.Speaking after commissioning the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi, Obasanjo said he was impressed with the governor's feats in the state.He commended Ortom on the renovation of the school "which lost official recognition for the past three years but with [...]

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