Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom says only a sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.
The Governor said this in his Independence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase.
Ortom urged Nigerians to sustain their faith in unity and uphold the virtues of sincerity, justice and fairness as the country attains 60year of Independence.
He says what Nigeria needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values as well as the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
Part of the statement read: “The Governor states that the grace of Almighty God has guided Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, and expresses optimism that the same God will continue to steer the ship of the country away from doom.
“The Governor also reiterated the commitment of the Benue State Government to addressing development challenges of the state by developing the agriculture value chain to engage young people in productive ventures.
“He commended Benue people for the support given to his administration in the last five years and pledges to return the goodwill with impressive performance as he is already doing.
“Governor Ortom says his administration will sustain the tempo of providing development projects in all parts of the state.
“He points out the domestication of the Pensions Law last year and recent signing of the Health Insurance Scheme which gave rise to the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency as some of the policies put in place by his administration to positively impact on the lives of the people.
“The Governor wishes the people of Benue State and other Nigerians a peaceful Independence celebration.”