The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom, who is among those said to have left President Jonathan’s cabinet to pursue his governorship ambition in Benue State has promised to upgrade major parks across the state to 21st century standards if given the mandate.
Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, in the state at the Drivers House in Makurdi, the aspirant regretted that Gboko motor park had remained in the same deplorable situation after over 30 years that he left the park where he started his life and career.
The aspirant pledged to modernize it and other major motor parks in the state as part of his employment generation platforms which shall include initiatives for members to secure low interest loan for purchase of vehicles.
He expressed appreciation to God for his intervention in his life through a member of the union, Mnenge Mtamave, under whom he underwent tutelage at the park and was also able to write and obtain academic qualification with which he pursued further education.
While appealing to members of the union never to allow anything hinder them from acquiring knowledge, Ortom disclosed that he had used his experience at the park to establish a driving school with a relevant curriculum, adding that he would deploy it further to disarm youths who were in possession of dangerous weapons and provide them and all others with jobs.
The Minister asserted that China’s ability to reduce unemployment to the barest minimum even when it has a population that is about one and a half billion was an indication that the feat could be achieved through partnership between government and the organized private sector.
He expressed satisfaction that the story of his association with the union had inspired countless people within and outside Nigeria, adding that the training he received at the motor park couple with the fear of God had helped him to serve at all level without blemish.
In an earlier remark, state chairman of the union, John Ishom, assured Ortom of the support of his colleagues, even as he urged the aspirant not to forget members after winning the election.
Assistant Secretary and Special Adviser to the governor, Comrade Boga Abuul, who described Ortom as an Ambassador of the union sought his assistance in the construction of drivers’ lodge, sinking of borehole and establishment of an ICT centre at the park.