Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State Government said the State government targets to recruit Ten thousand persons into the State Community Volunteer Guards.
The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 while speaking at the funeral of his foster father, Elder Joseph Vanger Iyorhon held at St. Athanasius Parish, Gbajimba, the headquarters of Guma Local Government Area.
The Governor reassured the people of his administration’s commitment to the protect their lives and property.
He explained that the recruitment of 10,000 persons as Community Volunteer Guards is intended to complement the efforts of conventional agencies in providing security to the state.
Governor Ortom said already, 500 personnel were recruited and kitted, while 1000 are undergoing training and will be formally inaugurated in the next few weeks at their passing out parade in Makurdi.
Further, he encouraged youths in the state to be ready to join the security outfit so that together, they will join hands with the conventional security agencies and defeat the terrorists who have invaded the state.
He said the time has come for everyone to be part of the security in the state because as he puts it, the security agencies are overwhelmed.
Speaking of the deceased, his foster father, he described him as a community leader who he noted was a firm believer in God.
According to the Governor, his journey into politics began when the late Elder Iyorhon, identified and encouraged him to contest for the Chairman of the Guma Local Government Council.
The Governor acknowledged that he enjoyed unflinching support from the deceased over the years and greatly contributed to his success in politics.