Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Special Adviser for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Benue state, Mr. Ken Achabo, says Governor Samuel Ortom will be better appreciated by the people of the state for the achievements he has recorded after his tenure in 2023.
Achabo said this while speaking recently on ‘The Man Governor Samuel Ortom’ during a Radio Benue Interview Programme Special Time Out with Dr. Charles Iornumbe as anchor.
Asked to described the person of Governor Ortom in one word, Achabo said: “You are putting me in a very tight position – I might sound patronising, I might sound sycophantic but permit me. The man is a wonderful man. I was never very close to him until I got this opportunity to serve under his government; we didn’t really have a close relationship before I became the adviser. Because we see every day now, he is a very humble man. He is a man that listens to superior ideas. If he wants to do something and you tell him that look if you do this thing this way, we will get a better result, he will immediately accept what you are saying.
“He stoops to superior ideas. He is the governor; the buck ends on his table. So, I wouldn’t say he takes all ideas but the ones that he finds superior because he is human too, he takes them. Governor Ortom is a wonderful man; he is a great man, he is a man living ahead of his time.
“I said this because by the time he leaves office, Benue people will appreciate him better. And Benue people are used to appreciating people when they leave office. But in this case, people see him and what he is doing.
“This is somebody that staked his convenience to fight for the people. If Governor Ortom wanted he would have stooped to what the people in Abuja were demanding and they would have given him his ticket. So, at the risk of his ticket in APC he refused to concede; he spoke out his mind, he spoke for his people. Now, such a person; I really lack the appropriate word to describe him but what I know is that he has the Benue people at heart.
“At all points he calls me to find out what is delaying the payment of salaries for teachers or civil servants or to make sure that so so intervention has been done in so so local government (area). I mean, how would you describe such a person? He is a wonderful person; that is all I can say about him.
“And I think the only way we can thank him is to give him another position to continue working because he is a very energetic man. You work closely with him you know you can never keep up with him. He works from morning till evening, the next day you see him on his desk again. So, he is still strong, he is still agile. I don’t think he even looks tired. And so it is to make sure we find another position so that he does not go and sit in his farm”
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