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Gov Ortom explains delay in appointing cabinet members

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The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday slammed some chieftains of the People Democratic Party (PDP) who have been on his neck over the appointment of cabinet members.

He said he will only consider technocrats that will help him deliver as expected during his second term in office.

Ortom spoke when he addressed PDP faithful at an expanded caucus meeting of the party at Government House in Makurdi.

The governor maintained that his statement was necessary to enable him check periodically on those who would form his cabinet so as to put them on their toes to effectively perform their functions.

He also asked the Benue people to hold him responsible for the performances of his would-be cabinet members when eventually they come on board, noting that he would sack any of them who fails to meet the expectation.

He added that days of godfatherism had gone, disclosing further that he would work with 15 commissioners; five from each of the three senatorial zones, 23 Special Advisers; one from each local government and three Senior Special Assistants from each local government including one woman and one youth.

“This tenure, we want to deliver on campaign promises. I do not want too much talk but act,” the governor said.

Ortom therefore advised chairmen and officials of the party at the local government levels to liaise with themselves to produce proper and fit persons with requisite credentials and experience to form his cabinet.

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