From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for giving consent to the change of name for the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi to “Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.”
Ortom also scored President Buhari high for placing restriction on foreign exchange for the importation of agricultural produce, especially rice, stressing that the decision would benefit farmers across the country as returns on investments in agriculture would also increase.
The Governor who gave the applause in Makurdi, while addressing journalists at the Benue Peoples House, also lauded the National Assembly for passing the bill which sought to effect the institution’s name change.
He specially commended the Member representing Gboko/Tarka at the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. John Dyegh who sponsored the bill.
“We appreciate Rt. Hon. John Dyegh for reminding the entire nation and the President that there was the need to immortalize our father and hero of this land,” the Governor stated.
He said Senator J.S. Tarka left indelible footprints on the political and economic landscape of the country and deserved to be accorded the honour as it has been done to other notable sons and daughters of the nation.
“Today, the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sadauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello and several other heroes of our land have been immortalized and so we appreciate Mr. President for honouring our great son”, he stated.
Rt. Hon. John Dyegh had sponsored the bill for the change of the institution’s name to JS Tarka University Makurdi during the 8th House of Representatives.