Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has charged the newly sworn-in commissioners and Special Advisers to sustain the positive leadership qualities that qualified them for the appointment.
The Governor gave this charge Thursday after performing the swearing-in ceremony of the new members of the State Executive Council at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.
According to the Governor, the swearing-in brings the number of Commissioners to 16 and 30 Special Advisers to oversee various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government.
The Governor explained that the appointees assumed duties at a time challenges were enormous and expectations high, urging them to bring their experiences to bear on their new assignments.
He said their loyalty must be total to his administration and urged them to be diligent as they approach the finish line to achieve set goals, pointing out that those found wanting in their duties will be shown the way out.
“The five main pillars of the administration include good governance and revenue security, agriculture-driven industrialization, STEAM-based education and health services, investment in critical infrastructure and promotion of gender, empowerment of women, youths, sports and persons with disabilities.
“I appeal to members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and other government officials to give them the cooperation they deserve to perform maximally,” Ortom said.
Responding on behalf of Commissioners and Special Advisers, Dr Kester Kyenge and Hon Richard Ujege, respectively, thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve the state. They pledged not to disappoint the confidence reposed in them.
The new Commissioners and their portfolios are Kester Kyenge, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Engr Uungwa Sachia, Works and Transport; Barrister Agbatar Rodney, Industry and Cooperatives.
Others are Inalegwu Mike, Information, Culture and Tourism; Agber Benjamin, Trade and Investment; Dr Jane Ogoma, Energy, Science and Technology; Barrister Teryima Nguher, Youths and Sports and Dr Sarwuan Tarnongo, Education while the former commissioner for Energy, Science and Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona was redeployed to Water Resources and Environment.
For the Special Advisers, Mike Adyo takes charge of Primary Education; Richard Ujege, Water Resources and Environment; Adenguhar Aondoaver, Works and Transport; Joshua Ogbole, Revenue and Taxation and Otokpa Otse, Secondary and Tertiary Education.