Jonthan, represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the remark at the public presentation of a book titled: “Suswam, politics and governance in Benue: An insider’s account” in honour of the governor in Abuja.
The president said that the governor was a committed and reliable politician, adding that “he carries out both state and national tasks with dexterity”.
“I am not surprised that a 23-chapter book with a total of 320 pages could be written from his few years of impeccable service to the state.
“One thing that endears me to Benue is the peaceful ambience and culture of the people. No wonder many Nigerians have made the place their home,” Jonathan said.
In the contribution of the state to the country’s economy, the president said Benue remained the hub of the country’s agriculture.
He said that the transformation of the agricultural sector by the governor had imparted positively on the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Jonathan said effort was on to curtail the regular complaints of produce glutting in the state.