John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor, Samuel Ortom, of Benue has urged youths to eschew crime and rather serve God who he said had the power to uplift them. This is even as the governor appealed to Christians to contribute generously to God’s work in order to reap blessings. Speaking yesterday at St John’s Cathedral Gboko during a reception to mark the 60th birthday celebration of Bishop William Avenya, governor Ortom, made it known that the turning point in his life came in 2004 when he donated vehicles and property to the work of God.
“The turning point in my life came in 2004 when I in obedience to Luke 6: 38 donated vehicles and property to the work of God and since then I never lacked,” he noted. He described the fundraising in support of God’s work at the occasion as a noble cause and urged those present to contribute their widow’s mite noting that though the state government was not buoyant at the moment to make contributions, he would donate personally mobilize his friends to also contribute.
According to him his priority at the moment was to pay workers June 2015 salaries and thereafter make efforts to clear the backlog of arrears even as he was appealing to striking lecturers of the Benue State University to call off their strike. Governor Ortom also pledged to partner with the church to enable him deliver on his mandate. He described Bishop Avenya as a man of impeccable credentials with the discipline to always keep to time and prayed that God would grant him long life so that he would continue to add value to the people of the state and beyond.