Governor Samuel Ortom Of Benue State Said He Never Erred In Reversing Some Last Minute Actions Of His Predecessor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam.
John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said he has never erred in his decision to reverse some last minute actions by his predecessor Dr. Gabriel Suswam. Ortom who made this known following allegations in some quarters signifying that his action was because of overexcitement at becoming Governor, noted that he was justified on account of the current inability of the state government to pay workers. He explained that workers in the state previously employed were not paid their salaries and other entitlements for several months, just like pensioners who are still being owed several months of their retirement benefits.
According to him, the State Ministry of Finance disclosed indebtedness of N12 billion in this regard. “Preliminary figures from the ministry also reveal a debt burden in other areas amounting to over N70 billion bringing the total amount so far to N90 billion with more being expected as investigations continues. “It is in the light of this development that it became untenable and even irresponsible to take on more financial burdens arising from the new recruitment most of which Governor Ortom had advised against and had warned beneficiaries not to Governor Samuel Ortom Of Benue State Said He Never Erred In Reversing Some Last Minute Actions Of His Predecessor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam. accept,” he noted.
He also said most of the recruitment did not follow due process. The governor in a press statement signed by his Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, noted that the appointment of new permanent secretataries and others made in the twilight of the previous administration including the Director General of Radio Benue were not been reversed. “With regard to the reinstatement of the deposed royal father the committee set up by the state government to review the issue submitted that due process was not followed and that the relevant law was also breached,” he stated.
He explained that the chief was not accorded fair hearing and that his deposition was not approved by the State House of Assembly as provided in the law.