Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has revealed that prayers had made him to remain focused in the face of many challenges.
Ortom, who stated this at a Special Sunday Service held in honour of the First Family at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), House of Excellence Zonal Headquarters at Kanshio in Makurdi, explained that he had remained focused in spite of the empty treasury he inherited along with N69 billion unpaid salaries and pensions, contractual obligations amounting to over N70 billion and the mismanagement of over N107 billion by his predecessor.
The governor said that Benue was still among the states unable to clear salaries and pensions and added that God helped him to introduce the amnesty programme which had reduced crime to the barest minimum.
He stressed that the signing of the anti-open grazing and the anti-cultism and anti-kidnapping bills into laws were of God’s making and maintained that despite the detracting comments being made by some persons on the anti-open grazing law, its implementation would commence in November this year.
According to him, the dedication of the state to God in May last year and the prayers of the people, especially Christians, had made him to remain consistent.
He said that his administration has been able to make appreciable progress in education, health and other sectors and assured that as soon as the problems of salaries and pension are solved, the state would be taken to another level of development.