Ortom’s Name on Wheelbarrows


Following backlash from Nigerians on social media as a result of wheelbarrows allegedly meant for empowerment programmes for Benue State youths, the governor of the state, Mr. Samuel Ortom has asked the agency responsible to remove his name from it and queried him to explain the rationale behind it. This was contained in a press statement send by his Media team to THISDAY on Friday. It reads in parts, “The attention of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has been drawn to pictures of wheelbarrows bearing his name and posted on social media suggesting that he plans to empower youths of the state with the carts. We wish to make it clear that the consent of the Governor was not sought and he did not give approval for anyone to inscribe his name on the said wheelbarrows. Governor Ortom is aware that the wheelbarrows in possession of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA were recently donated to the state by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, for victims of crisis in parts of the state so he couldn’t have claimed credit for the gesture