John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has approved the dissolution of the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committees in the state. The local government Caretaker Committees were constituted barely two months ago by former governor Gabriel Suswam. Secretary to the state government Barr. Targema Takema who disclosed this in press statement directed chairmen of the committees to handover to Directors General of Administration of their various local governments.
He said the DGSAs were to ensure quick handover and taking over so as to ensure smooth governance at the third tier of government. In a similar vain the governor also directed the Tiv Area Traditional Council to suspend forthwith the process of conferring First Class Stools in Tiv land.
The governor directed all parties involved to revert to status quo ante priority to the retraining order granted by chief judge, Justice Iorhemen Hwande restrain the state government under former Governor Gabriel Suswam from taking any further steps on the matter pending determination of substantive motion before the High Court on the matter. He warned any person or group of persons parading themselves as First Class Chiefs in the Tiv Area Traditional Council to strictly comply by the directive.