Governor Samuel Ortom has said there would not be any sacred cows in his administration as those found wanting will be dealt with no matter how highly placed. Ortom who sworn-in commissioners and advisers yesterday at the IBB Square in Makurdi, warned appointees not to divert funds meant for contract into their personal pockets but channel it appropriately as prescribed in the budget.
According to the governor, those willing to work with him in his administration should be ready to make sacrifices saying their appointment was not an opportunity to make money but serve people. “Nobody should see their appointment as an opportunity to make money, those who touch what is not theirs will be punished.”
“Government is not where to make money if you want to make money, my government is creating an enabling environment for private investors, so engage in business but if you accept appointment and chop money, money will also chop you,” the governor warned.
He appealed to people of the state and family members of the appointees not to put undue pressure on them, but support their leaders to enable them succeed in their places of assignment.
The governor said in order to cut cost to meet with the hard economic realities currently been experienced in Benue and elsewhere in the country, his administration has decided to trim down the number of Ministries from 17 to 13 and Advisers from 28 to 15.
Responding for the newly sworn-in commissioners, Professor Denis Tyavyar said they were ready to render their service to fatherland and would work in line with “Our Collective Vision for a New Benue” blue print of governor Samuel Ortom for development of the state.