Chief Dr. Samuel Ioraer Ortom (born 23 April 1961, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian industrialist, farmer, businessman, politician, philanthropist, administrator and employer. He was enrolled into the St. John’s Primary School, Gboko, in 1970 but moved to St. Catherine’s Primary School, Makurdi, in 1974, where he completed primary education in 1976.
Governor Ortom was admitted into Idah Secondary Commercial College, Idah, in Kogi State in 1976. He did two years in the school before his father’s retirement in 1979 brought an abrupt end to his dream of completing formal secondary school education on account of inability to pay school fees. However, instead of idling away at home to mourn his fate he girded his loins and got into the Gboko motor park as a tout.
Governor Ortom drinking pap and akara in public
It was in the park that a Good Samaritan taught him how to drive because of his honesty and dedication to duty. Another helped him to obtain a driver’s license, and soon after he became employed as a professional driver. On recommendation he became the driver and confidant of a prominent Gboko-based Christian leader and politician, Pa Samu Ihugh.
This man was once a motor park tout, a bus conductor, he passed through a lot to become the man he is today. Today he’s the governor of a state. Nice one!