Governor Samuel Ortom says rising cases of ghost workers and problem of pensioners in the country were some of the outcome of corruption.
Governor Samuel Ortom has said the high cases of ghost workers and problem of pensioners at the state and Federal Government levels were an effect of corruption which has eaten deep in the fabrics of the country.
This is even as the governor has charged security agencies in the state to step up vigilance in order to track down the syndicate kidnapping children across the state.
Ortom made this known in his various address when leader of a team from the Ministry of Defence for Military Pensions Verification Exercise, Navy Captain Tam Ayarite, and women whose children had been kidnapped paid him a visit at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.
Governor Ortom said there is need for all patriots to rise up and fight corruption which he said is responsible for the dwindling financial fortunes of Nigeria.
He stated that the exercise which the team was carrying out was similar to exercises being conducted by his administration to fish out ghost workers which he said made a few to feed fat at the expense of the majority.
Earlier, Navy Captain Ayarite stated that the team’s mission to the state was to ensure that it captured all the Military Pensioners on a data base and also register them with the National Insurance Health Scheme in order to enable all of them to benefit from the program.
Addressing the women whose children have been kidnapped governor Ortom said, Benue cannot afford to be a safe haven for kidnappers as well as other criminals noting that the state government will do all in its power to support the security agencies to track the kidnappers and rescue the children.
“The Police at check points and on patrol must scrutinize commuters with the realization that not all people conveying children in their vehicles are the rightful parents or guardians,” he noted.
He promised that his administration would continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies to curb all manner of criminality in the state.
Governor Ortom advised parents to closely monitor their children so as to shield them from danger while expressing optimism that with sustained prayers and cooperation from the public, the kidnapped children would be rescued.
He expressed sympathy and solidarity with families of the abducted children, and restated commitment of his administration to securing the lives and property of the citizenry.
– John Shiaondo, Makurdi