Governor Samuel Ortom at the weekend stated that all patriots must rise up and fight corruption which he said had caused the dwindling financial fortunes of the country.
According to him cases of ghost workers and pensioners at the state and federal levels were instigated by corrupt Nigerians.
He spoke when the leader of a team from the Ministry of Defence for Military Pensions Verification Exercise, Navy Captain Tam Ayarite, paid a courtesy call on him at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.
Governor Ortom stated that the exercise which the team was carrying out was similar to exercises being conducted by his administration to fish out ghost workers which he said made a few to feed fat at the expense of the majority.
He said he was happy that the team leader acknowledged the role of Benue State in uniting the country and commended the military for taking steps to ameliorate the suffering of its pensioners who chose to pay even the supreme sacrifice to serve the nation.
Governor Ortom assured of the state government’s support in the discharge of the team’s responsibility.
Navy Captain Ayarite earlier stated that the team’s mission to the state was to ensure that it captured all the Military Pensioners in the state on a data base and also register them with the National Insurance Health Scheme in order to enable all of them to benefit from the program.
He stated that Benue State had the second largest number of military pensioners in the country with 11, 000 of them registered in previous exercises.
Governor Ortom also disclosed that his administration was making arrangements with two vehicle manufacturers to provide cars to senior civil servants in the state on friendly payment terms.
He made the disclosure when executives of the Magistrate Association of Nigeria in Benue State led by its Chairperson, Mrs.Cecilia Bakare visited him.
Governor Ortom urged members of the association to make sacrifices to decongest the prisons by treating cases before them with dispatch promising that his administration would take steps to cater for their welfare.
He said he had approved the payment of their robe allowances which would be effected as soon as funds were available.
Mrs. Bakare had advocated an upward review of robe allowances, emoluments and other welfare packages to enable members square up with their colleagues in other states of the federation and also perform optimally.
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