Benue: Why we have not been commissioning projects – Gov Ortom


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Sunday revealed why he has not been commissioning projects that have been executed by his administration in the past six years.

The governor further explained that the funds earmarked for the commissioning of such projects could be used for more infrastructures, hence his decision to ignore the idea.

Governor Ortom made the disclosure on Sunday after inspecting ongoing construction work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area, LGA of the state.

He said if the commissioning of projects were the general consensus that it should be done, he would not have ignored it.

He said, “For me, it is not about commissioning of projects because I noticed that each time I want to commission a project, the protocol will come with a list of several expenditures, you pay for this and that.

“So I believe that what I will spend on commissioning projects will help me add another development project to the society; that is my take.

“The commissioning of projects should be the siting of those projects and completing them. That is my belief about projects.


“But since people believe in the commissioning of projects, maybe I would have to change my mind about that and start to commission my several projects spread across the state so that they will be appreciated.

“I must say that I am always very surprised when the opposition claims that we have not done projects. We can all see the roads, schools, health facilities, name them in every sector and all over the state.

“Even in the area of security, you can see what we have been able to do. You can see where we were from 2015 and where we are today.

“We have done so well, we are gradually fishing out the deadly criminals operating in the state so that development can come. And I can assure you that in the next few weeks if you ask a criminal to come to Benue whether armed herders or anyone, they will decline.”

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