*Seeks recovery of N45m micro finance money


By Ugaba Emmanuel

Benue State Commissioner for Information & Orientation, Chief Odeh Ageh has assured all genuine workers of Obi LGC yet to receive their salaries that they would soon be paid.

Chief Odeh Ageh

The Commissioner gave the assurance at the annual conference of Ito Welfare Association (IWA) which was held at the weekend at Obarike Ito, the headquarters of Obi LGA.

Chief Ageh, who.was represented by Hon. Mike Ogaji, hinged the delay in payment of their salaries on the mixed up brought about by continuous smuggling of names into the list by interested parties.

He explained that Governor Ortom has graciously agreed to use February 2012 benchmark for genuine staff as applied in all local government areas despite the absence of strict adherence to the guidelines by authorities at that level.

Meanwhile, the commissioner also said the state government had directed the contractor that abandoned the Aliade-Obarike Ito road to return to the site or risk prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to him, the construction of the road would reduce many hours wasted in having to go longer routes from the local government area to the state capital.

The contractor handling the road project had proved, with documented evidence, to the present government that the project was fully completed and paid for, but evidence on ground showed that only culverts and some bridges on the road were built.

Chief Ageh charged the leadership of IWA to ensure probity and accountability and also pursue the recovery of N45million Obi proposed Microfinance Bank money allegedly withdrawn by the directors.


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