Governor Samuel Ortom, today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, received 11 of the newly commissioned Cadet Officers of the 65th Regular Course, Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA Zaria, who are indigenes of the state.
While congratulating the young officers, the Governor expressed hope that they would add value to the country’s military towards addressing the numerous security challenges confronting it.
He charged them to look unto God in the discharge of their duties even as he prayed God to grant them a successful careers.
The Governor described the military as a disciplined security formation, pointing out that those who joined it have sacrificed their lives for the love and protection of their country.
Leader of the delegation, 2nd Lieutenant Boniface Msughter Ikpa, said they had come to identify with Governor Ortom, to get his blessings and to inform him that they had successfully passed out from the NDA.
He presented a publication to the Governor which contained details of activities of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Among the cadet officers who met the Governor was 2nd Lieutenant Detimbir Chia, the young man who discovered the crashed Nigerian Airforce plane at Ngokugh Hills, Kwande in 2006.
Begins 10-day leave
The governor however proceeded on what he called 10-day working leave today. The working leave would form part of the Governor’s annual leave, and would terminate on October 31, 2018.
In a letter of notification to the Benue State House of Assembly, Governor Ortom stated that his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu will act as Governor of the State, in line with Section 190 of the Country’s Constitution.
He urged the State House Assembly to accord the Deputy Governor every support and cooperation within the period.