John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has reaffirm his commitment to open up roads within Makurdi metropolis to clear some security challenges especially in the outskirt of the city.
Fielding questions from newsmen yestersay after inspection of some projects in Makurdi, governor Ortom said the Mobile Police Barracks roads that linked Welfare quarters particularly will be given priority attention and contract for construction of the road will soon be awarded.
“We believe that if that road is opened, it will clear some of the security challenges we have been having and also allow the people from there real access to wherever they want to go and come back at their convenient time,” he said.
Governor Ortom also noted that the state government is also looking at the possibility of constructing a layout to open up the place for more people to build houses and develop their land.
He said the state government intends to revive the ministry of works Electrical and Mechanical Workshops and stock it with additional equipment, commercialise it and open the place for public patronage.
“We have looked at the progress of work at the new complex of the Benue State House of Assembly and we’ve been assured that within the next two months work would be completed,” he noted.
Ortom who also inspected the greater Makurdi water works directed the Benue State Water Board to ensure steady water supply in the state capital using the old pipe network while waiting for new reticulation.
He said faulty pipes in the network will be replaced to allow water to flow in the old network noting that the people of the state had waited too long for public water supply.
“A lot of money has been spent on this water project and there has to be justification for such spending. Our people deserve to feel the impact of this project. They can’t wait any longer”, he stated.
At the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi where renovation work is at 90% completion, Governor Ortom disclosed that furnishing of the school will commence as soon as the renovation is completed.
He said he had already directed that public water supply be extended to the school to make the learning environment conducive.
“I am in a hurry to see the School of Nursing and Midwifery reopen as soon as possible so that the students can resume. Once we are through with structures in the school, we will move to ensure that it is reaccredited,” Governor Ortom stated.