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 on Thursday after performing the swearing-in ceremony of the new members of the State Executive Council in Makurdi.
The swearing-in according to the Governor, 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, stressing that they must 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 anyone found slacking in his or her duties will be shown the way out.
Governor Ortom urged the new appointees to acquaint themselves with the policy thrust of his administration – “our collective vision for a new Benue.”
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.
The Governor while congratulating the appointees, appealed to members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and other government officials to give them the cooperation they deserve to perform maximally.
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 and 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 Michael Inalegwu, 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.