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Salary arrears: Ortom asks Benue gov to reveal state wage invoice

The speedy previous governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has challenged his successor, Governor Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, to reveal the wage invoice of the state.

In an announcement issued by his media aide, Terver Akase, a replica of which was made accessible to our correspondent in Makurdi on Tuesday, the previous governor additionally requested Governor Alia to publish the allocations obtained since his assumption of workplace.

Ortom’s name adopted Alia’s disclosure that he inherited N359 billion in wage arrears from his predecessor.

Alia disclosed throughout his thank-you tour of the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency that he inherited over N359 billion in wage arrears.

Ortom, who described the declare as nothing however a tissue of lies, stated that Governor Alia, by his declare, had created the impression that he didn’t pay his wage for 5 years.

Ortom stated that his successor has been bandying his administration, which exhibits that the governor is obsessed together with his identify.

The former governor recalled that the Alia administration had admitted that he (Ortom) left N187.56 billion in debt when he assumed workplace in 2023 and expressed worries concerning the new determine the governor dropped throughout his thank-you tour.

“We problem the State Government beneath Governor Alia to publish the allocations they’ve obtained since May 2023 and the way the funds are being expended.

“We equally challenge the Alia government to tell the people what the state’s wage bill is, after the Governor claimed that they removed thousands of “ghost workers” from the federal government’s payroll.

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“The Alia administration must also publish what the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of the state has been since May 2023 up to now.

“Going by Governor Alia’s declare that he inherited N359 billion in wage arrears, the unfounded impression created is that the previous administration of Governor Ortom didn’t pay salaries for 5 years (60 months).

“How attainable is that this? The narrative will not be solely ridiculously fictitious however can also be a deliberate flimflam to mislead the folks.

“The Alia administration seems to be obsessive about the identify Samuel Ortom, as they miss no alternative to throw darts on the speedy previous Governor, branding him with all method of adverse hues.

” It is puzzling that Chief Ortom left workplace greater than a yr in the past, however his successor and his group can’t get off his again. This is regardless of the reluctance of the previous Governor to interact in a media struggle together with his successor.”

Ortom who stated that he too inherited money owed in 2015 defined that his administration labored tirelessly to clear arrears of wage and the identical time  carried out a 27% enhance in lecturers’ salaries , the N18,000 minimal wage for lecturers as properly the N30,000 minimal wage for staff.

The former governor stated that earlier than he left workplace in 2023, his administration took proactive steps to barter and guarantee important debt discount and reduction for the state.

Ortom urged his successor to cease chasing shadows, consider governance, and fulfill his marketing campaign guarantees to the folks.

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