Abide by Your Oath of Office or Face God’s Wrath, Ortom Tells Appointees


By George Okoh

The Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, had warned appointees in his government, who had taken oath of office, to read, reflect and assimilate the covenant they had made with God and humanity, stressing that a breach of it would attract the wrath of God.

Ortom made the statement yesterday at the Government House in Makurdi while swearing in Kenneth Achabo as his Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Achabo replaced former Adviser for Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, late Elder Jerome Tor Shimbe, who died recently after a brief illness.

Speaking during the ceremony, the governor charged the new Local Government Bureau Adviser not to breach his oath of office, but work according to its dictates, and would not have any cause for alarm.

He charged the Adviser to work harmoniously with council chairmen for the desired result, even as he also tasked council chairmen to support him to succeed.

Ortom stressed that Achabo’s appointment was based on merit and competence, and reflects his administration’s policy for fair and equitable distribution of political offices.

He urged the appointee to be guided by the principles of accountability, fairness, equity, transparency among others, and above all, fear of God in the discharge of his duties.

While responding, Achabo thanked the governor for finding him worthy to serve in this capacity, and pledged to follow the governor’s footsteps in order to succeed in his new assignment.