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Gov Ortom Bags Nigerian Tribune’s Platinum Award


Gov. Ortom Bags Nigerian Tribune’s Platinum

African Newspapers of Nigeria, ANN Plc,
Owner  of the oldest surviving private
Nigerian newspaper, Nigerian Tribune,
will on December 10, 2019 in Lagos,
confer a Platinum Award on the Benue
State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Nigerian Tribune, established in 1949 by
Chief Obafemi Awolowo is 70 years, and
its publishers have decided that for the
first time in the newspaper’s illustrious
history, some Nigerians among whom is
Governor Ortom, should be celebrated
and encouraged in their selfless service
to humanity.
The newspaper is to present to Governor
Ortom, the 70th Anniversary/Platinum
award for exhibiting Uncommon
Courage in Governance and Protection
of Humanity.
In the letter nominating the Governor for
the award signed by its Chairman, Dr
Tokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, African
Newspapers of Nigeria Plc said
Governor Ortom has demonstrated
unrivalled zeal and sense of
responsibility in the protection of lives
and property of Benue people
irrespective of ethnic compositions at a
time many leaders were playing politics
with the carnage perpetrated in the state
by marauding herdsmen.
“Your Excellency, you had a choice of
consolidating your second term
ambition in All Progressives Congress,
APC by supporting the Federal
Government on the issues of the
herdsmen and the establishment of
Ruga or cattle colonies in your state, but
you chose humanity above political
consideration and self-survival. You
were vilified, but you persevered”, part of
the letter reads.
ANN also identified the efforts made by
Governor Ortom in the area of
agriculture and youth empowerment as
part of the factors considered for his
The Nigerian Tribune award conferment
ceremonies will take place at Muson
Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Reacting to the development, Chief
Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr
Terver Akase, said the award which is
coming from one of the most respected
newspapers on the African continent is
significant in several ways and it goes to
show that his principal’s efforts have
been recognised and appreciated by
Mr Akase expressed the willingness of
Governor Ortom to personally receive the


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