Performing the ceremony amidst cheers from the good people of Benue South Senatorial District, Governor Ortom stated his administration is determined to grant a conducive environment for the traditional rulers in the state, expressing hope that the project would be executed within the stipulated time.
He mentioned that with a competent contractor, they were hopeful that the project would also be carried out in accordance with specifications, announcing the state government would support the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in terms of funding.
According to the Governor, in order to keep away from capital flight, his administration decided to contact indigenous contractors and Engineers in its contracts.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Ken Achabo expressed optimism that the project would be given the necessary attention for rapid completion.
The Och’Idoma, Agabaidu Elias Ekoyi Obekpa in a remark, stated Governor Ortom could have neglected his Palace after developing that of the Tor Tiv but that coming to replicate what his administration had executed in the Traditional home of the Tiv Nation, showed a high degree of love for the Idoma nation.
The contractor managing the project, Engineer Agaba Ikwue, promised completion of the work earlier than the end of this year and commended the state government for awarding the contract to his company.
Earlier, Chairman of Otukpo Local Government council, Mr. George Ali stated the Governor’s coming to lay the foundation for the construction of the Och’Idoma’s Palace validated the seriousness his administration attaches to the project.
Governor Ortom additionally inspected the 20-kilometer Otukp’Icho-Aondona road under development where he expressed hope that it would also be executed soon to enhance the socio-economic development of people in the benefiting communities.