Benue State Governor-elect, Dr. Samuel Ortom has raised alarm over alleged attempts by the incumbent Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam to impose 10 first class chiefs on parts of the state before the May 29 handing over date.
“We are aware that the outgoing governor has rushed a law creating 10 first class chiefs in the state. He has also prompted the Tiv Traditional Council to begin the appointment of six of these first class chiefs with the view of presenting them with staff of office before 29th May 2015.”
“Considering the importance of the traditional institution in our state, it is unacceptable to rush this law. Our state has been literally grounded and the most important objective at the moment should be how to offset salaries and allowances owed workers and stabilise for a smooth take off.”
Ortom while briefing newsmen in Makurdi yesterday also said he received information of a last minute massive recruitment into government ministries, parastatals and agencies as well as indiscriminate promotion of civil servants in the state.
Represented by the Deputy Governor-elect, Chief Benson Abounu, Ortom lamented that the move was a hurried attempts by the outgoing governor to commit the incoming government in several ways without the courtesy of consultation.
“This is happening when workers and pensioners are owed salaries and pensions in arrears of about six months and the debt profile of the state is unknown.”
The Governor-elect warned that the said recruitment however documented in addition to the promotions were done in bad faith and cannot stand stating that beneficiaries and civil servants being used to perpetrate the illegality must be ready to face the dire consequences