By John Ikani
Nigerian Idol 2021 runner up, Francis Atela has been decorated as Youth Ambassador of Benue State.
The decoration was performed by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom at the New Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House Makurdi.
Speaking during the event, Ortom said Atela had showcased his thrilling performance to the world and deserved to be honoured.
The Governor who noted that Benue youths are the hope of the state and Nigeria, stressed that their mature behaviour during the End SARS Protests and demonstration of competence in many other areas of endeavours were worth celebrating.
While acknowledging other artistes for their thrilling performances, the Governor announced his administration’s plans to organize a carnival or performance to showcase Benue talents to the world.
He noted that Francis Atela would be supported to fulfil his dream and to launch him out to the world, even as he directed his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase to liaise with Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner to work out a plan of support for the honored.
Responding, the star singer thanked Benue youths and the Governor for the honour, noting that he felt alone for a while when he started the Nigerian Idol show, until brothers and sisters came in to make it happen.
Other Benue artistes who accompanied Atela to the Benue Peoples House also thanked Governor Ortom for his fatherly support to the youth and entertainment industry and pledged their commitment to make the state proud.