By Charles Iornumbe, Radio Benue
Governor Samuel Ortom Tuesday inaugurated the Tor Tiv coronation committee with a charge on members to see their involvement as personal sacrifice.
Performing the ceremony at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, Governor Ortom urged them to work assiduously towards success of the coronation.
He charged members to settle down quickly and work out a programme of action that would make it possible for the event to take place either last week of February or first week of March.
Governor Ortom urged royal fathers to avoid acts capable of denigrading the institution and stressed that in due time, the Chieftaincy Law would be reviewed to conform to the realities of the times.
He promised that his administration would continue to support the traditional institution and advocated clear cut distinction of roles to avoid conflict between chiefs and politicians.
The Governor expressed happiness over the decision taken by Tor Tiv the fifth, Orchivirigh Professor James Ayatse, not to dabble into partisan politics and appealed to other traditional rulers to take a cue from him.
He said he met with the other aspirantsfor the stool who pledged not to go to court in the interest of the entire people.
In his remarks, chairman of the coronation committee, retired General Atom Kpera, promised to immediately put machinery in motion for success of the event.
General Kpera expressed gratitude to Governor Ortom for finding members worthy to serve on the committee and sued for the cooperation of all well meaning sons and daughters of Tiv land.