Benue state House of Assembly has summoned Commissioner of Finance and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs to appear before it to explain series of complaints over the disbursement of bailout funds.
The Commissioner, Mr. David Olofu and Adviser, Mr. Titus Zam are to explain to the lawmakers how far the bailout funds meant to settle salary arrears of state and local government workers have been disbursed and other issues that trailed the disbursements, especially at the third tier of government.
Majority Leader, Bair. Benjamin Adanyi, who moved a Motion of Urgent Public Importance told the House that several complaints have trailed the disbursement of the funds to local government staff.
Barr. Adanyi explained that there has been complaints ranging from shortage of payments, removal of staff names from the PVs leading to out-right none payment of some staff.
He said as representatives of the people they have received several reports from their constituents, hence the need for the Special Adviser to appear and tell Benue people how far he has gone with the disbursement.
All those who contributed to the debate including Mr. Nick Eworo, Alh. Audu Sule, Mr. Terhemba Chabo, Mrs. Ngohemba Agaig- be, Mr. Kester Ikyange, Mr. Tor Aye among others told the House that the complaints surrounding the payment of the funds have become alarming, resulting to protests in many instances.
Ruling the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange appreciated the mover of the motion for taking into consideration the plight of the people and directed the Commissioner of finance, Mr. David Olofu and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Titus Zam to appear before the House 10 AM today.
– John Shiaondo, Makurdi