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Ortom Swears-in 12 New Permanent Secretaries



His Excellency, Samuel Ortom, the Executive Governor of Benue State on Thursday, sworn-in 12 new Permanent Secretaries (PS) in the state.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor charged the newly-inaugurated secretaries to be diligently dedicated to service delivery for the development of the state.

At the inaugural ceremony, Ortom urged them not to betray the trust reposed in them, charged them to always uphold it but work in line with the Civil Service Rules.

Governor Ortom noted that the Permanent Secretaries were appointed based on their career, other relevant qualification, discipline and commitment to duty. Moreover, he said the appointment also reflects fair representation.

According to Governor Ortom, the state now has a total of 23 Permanent Secretaries comprising seven from zone A, with Zone B and C having Eight each.


Governor Ortom inaugural speech further reads in part, “You have been chosen out of many others that are qualified for this appointment because we believe that you will live up to the expectations of your office as well as stand out as role models. It is our hope that you will not betray this trust. Therefore, you should be guided by the fact that to whom much is given much is expected”.

“Your loyalty and total commitment to duty and adherence to our philosophy of total abhorrence for corruption, indiscipline and all the negative tendencies that weigh the State down must be your guiding principles,” Ortom added.

The newly-inaugurated Permanent Secretaries are: Apir-Ityu Ayaka, Stephen Abagi, Samuel Orchir, John Umoor and Felicia Alubo. Others include: Rhoda Gum, Chia Ikuluke, Stephen Adah , John Akume, Margaret lkpe, Frank Usa Adi and Tor Moses Leva .

Mr. Apir-Ityu Ayaka while responding on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries promised they would offer their best in the discharge of the responsibilities saddling the appointment.

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