In compliance with the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom’s deadline given to his appointees who are nursing ambition to contest various elective positions, to resign their present positions, six appointees have tendered their letters of resignation.
A statement by the secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Ijohor (SAN), which disclosed this, further advised all other appointees eyeing elective positions in the forthcoming 2023 general election to follow suit.
According to him, “failure to adhere to the directives, the government will have no choice than to remove such appointee.”
However, our correspodent gathered that one of the appointees after tendering his resignation letter, alledgedly went back to beg the governor for a reversal of his decision, which he claimed was taken in a hurry, but the governor told him it was too late.
Those who tendered their resignation letters according to the statement include the Chief of Staff, Hon. Terwase Orbunde; Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, and Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Ngunan Addingi.
Others are the Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Hon Dondo Ahire; Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, and the Commissioner for Youths and Sport Development.
The statement reads: “In view of the foregoing, the following persons will in the interim cover the vacant positions, Permanent Secretary Government House Administration, Iangba Kapu will oversee the office of the Chief of Staff, Dr. Godwin Oyiwona, Commissioner For Energy, Science and Technology will oversee the Ministry of Education.
“Chief Ekpe Ogbu, Commissioner For Housing and Urban Development will oversee the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, with Hon Nyiazungwe Igirgi, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development overseeing the Ministry of Youths and Sport Development.”
Also, Engr Victor Ukaha, Commissioner for Rural Development will oversee the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment, Nathaniel Ikyur, the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Media will oversee the office of the Chief Press Secretary.
In their separate reactions, the former CPS, Akase and Terwase Orbunde stated that their participation in the Ortom administration afforded them the opportunities to broaden their perspectives to contest for the number one seat of the State.
While commending the governor for the opportunity given them to serve in his governmemt, the duo said their over six years of working with the governor has given them further exposure to acquire cognate experience, and build capacities in the service of the people.