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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance to investigate the allegations that some officials in the office of the Account General were demanding between N1, 000 or N500 from some workers whose names were omitted during the payment of May salaries before preparing their vouchers.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi today said that the governor’s directive became imperative following series of social media reports that former staff of Benue State Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, raised the alarm.
According to Agerzua, “Governor Ortom has directed the Permanent Secretary to carry out the investigation and report to him for appropriate action as he says he won’t hesitate to teach any person involved that his government has zero tolerance for corruption.”
“He intends to use that as an example of what he preaches that he is poised to run a transparent, corrupt free government”.
In another development, the Special Adviser also refuted the media report in The Nation of 7th July, 2015 that Governor Ortom has confirmed the retention of Dominic Iorfa as the Vice Chairman or Head of the management of Lobi Stars Football Club.
“I want to state categorically that Governor Ortom has not made any commitment to Dominic Iorfa,” Agerzua stated.
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