Governor Samuel Ortom, a Nigerian industrialist, farmer, and businessman has granted pardon to 43 inmates serving a number of jail terms at the Makurdi prison. The Governor made the pronouncement during the 2017 democracy day celebration in Makurdi. He stated that he granted the amnesty in line with the powers given to him by the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding “The beneficiaries must at all times be at the righteous side with God so that they would be able to enjoy the full benefits of living a good life.”.
The governor also made use of the event to flag off the sale and distribution of fertilizers in the state. In his speech, he also stressed that to achieve this sale; the State Executive Council has approved the availability of 7,500 metric tons of assorted brands of inorganic fertilizers and 5,000 liters of liquid plant health promoters for supply to Benue farmers at surprisingly affordable prices for the 2017 cropping season. The Fertilizer Blending plant has also been revamped to boost supplies to help farmers grow their crops.
To gain the favor of his people, the governor priced the bag of the subsidized fertilizers to be sold at N4,000 as against the market price of between N5,500 and N8,500.