Governor Samuel Ortom has explained that appointments made by his administration have taken the interest of all sections in the state into consideration while ensuring that they were fair and just.
He made the disclosure during a meeting with Idoma second class chiefs at the Och’Idoma’s palace in Otukpo yesterday in continuation of his meetings with traditional rulers across the state.
According to him the appointments were made in consultation with stakeholders in line with the administration’s philosophy of fairness, equity, justice and due process all aimed at reducing acrimony in the polity.
He said no section in the state had the monopoly of holding onto a particular position for too long pointing out that it was in such light that the position of Secretary to the State government was now moved to Benue North West while the State Head of Service went to Benue South in addition to five commissionership slots while the other senatorial districts had four each.
The Governor said the Benue North East had five advisers, North West four, and South six.
He appealed to people of the state to see rotation of appointments and other decisions of government as part of the change Nigerians had fought for and restated commitment of the administration to the welfare of the people especially payment of salaries, pensions and provision of critical infrastructure.
He also pledged to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and boost the state’s economy.
Governor Ortom who was accompanied by the state Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, called on the Idoma Area Traditional Council to collaborate with the administration to tackle security challenges in the state particularly especially in their domain.
He commended the Och’Idoma for remaining non partisan and admonished all royal fathers in the state to eschew partisan politics.
In his remarks, the Och’Idoma, Dr Elias Ekoyi Obekpa, stated that the people were more concerned with the provision of good governance than appointments which he said they were not complaining about.
He commended Governor Ortom for finding one of their sons, Engineer Abounu worthy to be his Deputy.
The Och’Idoma who expressed confidence that all the problems confronting the administration were surmountable, promised that they would continue to pray for him to succeed and that on their part they would remain non partisan in dealing with the people.
… PLEDGES TO USE BAILOUT TO PAY SALARIES – ORTOM
Benue State received N2.7 billion from the bailout which President Muhammadu Buhari approved for states, Governor Ortom has said.
He made the disclosure yesterday during a meeting with second class at the Och’Idoma’s palace in Otukpo.
Governor Ortom explained that although the money was not eneough to pay one month’s salary with overhead he would source for more funds elsewhere and add to it and pay salaries and pensions.
He maintained that at the moment, the state has a monthly wage bill of N3.7 billion including overheads noting that apart from the bailout, the state government would improve on its internal revenue sources to enable it sustain payment of salaries and pensioners.
Governor Ortom said the wage bill was bloated hence his directive for staff audit.
He said the exercise was not to witchhunt anybody but to block leakages and accountability in managing resources.
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