By Terver Akase

Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday addressed
the 2019 Mutual Union of Tiv in America, MUTA Convention taking place in
Maryland, where he reaffirmed his administration's commitment to the security
of lives and property.

The Governor solicited the support of Benue
people in the Diaspora, giving assurance that the current development strides
of the present administration would be sustained.

"The security of lives and property of
Benue people as well as the overall development of the State remain our
priority. I therefore solicit the support of you sons and daughters of Benue in
the Diaspora to help us sustain the efforts we are making in security,
education, health, agriculture and infrastructure", he stated.

Governor Ortom emphasized the need for
greater unity among Tiv people at home and abroad for development.

He thanked officials and members of MUTA
for the solidarity they gave him when the State came under attacks by Fulani
herdsmen and similarly commended the Union for its contributions through health
and educational programmes back in the State.

The Governor also commended President
Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Senator George Akume as Minister, saying that
he was looking forward to having a robust working relationship with the
Minister in the interest of the State.

Speaking earlier, Nigeria's Ambassador to
the United States, Honourable Sylvanus Nsofor described the unity of Benue
indigenes in America as significant to the growth of the State. He particularly
lauded the efforts MUTA had been making to positively impact on lives back

The Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Professor
James Ayatse called for the resuscitation of teaching and writing of Tiv
language in Schools in Benue State with emphasis on Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Tiv Paramount Ruler also spoke about
the need for greater unity among his people and urged them to support the
Ayatutu Foundation as a way of speedily addressing development challenges
facing Tiv people.

Others who addressed the 2019 MUTA
Convention included Senator George Akume who was represented by Professor
Eugene Aliegba, the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Titus Uba,
President Mdzough u Tiv represented by Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, Rt. Hon
Herman Hembe who presented a paper and MUTA President, Mr Simon Kusugh.

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