By Peter Duru – Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint more indigenous Benue people to key positions so that they can contribute their quota to the development of the country.
The Governor made the appeal yesterday at Apa College of Education, Okpoga, Okpokwu Local Government Area, LGA, during a Thanksgiving Mass and reception honoring the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo, FUHSO, Professor Innocent Ujah.
He said that like Professor Ujah, who had distinguished himself and distinguished himself in the medical profession, “other sons and daughters of the state also have the ability to perform credibly if given the opportunity.
Governor Ortom, who described the FUHSO vice chancellor as a man of international reputation, noted that the various awards and accolades he had earned over a period of time attested to his ability to fulfill any task entrusted to him.
The governor praised President Muhammadu Buhari for identifying and appointing Professor Ujah as the university’s pioneering vice chancellor and assured them that his administration would support him to succeed.
Previously, the president of the Aidogodo Development Association, Mr. Leonard Ochenjenu, the president of the occasion, Mr. Monday Morgan, and Dr. Ameh Idoko, described Professor Ujah as a gift to the state and the country , expressing optimism that it would put the university on the international map.
The celebrant, Professor Innocent Ujah, who is also president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, attributed his success story to God’s grace, which he said had strengthened his commitment and perseverance.
Professor Ujah indicated that activities had already begun at FUHSO and stressed that in addition to medicine, the university would teach courses in pharmacy, nursing, water resources and the environment.
The ceremony was also attended by the deputy governors of the states of Benue and Nasarawa, Benson Abounu and Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, senator representing the district of Benue Sur, Abba Moro, and other dignitaries.