By Peter Duru
Makurdi—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately commence payment of salary arrears, pensions and gratuity from the Paris Club refund recently received by the state.
Governor Ortom made the disclosure, yesterday, at the burial of Sabastine Dewua at Tse-Awuna, Mbachohon, Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.
He explained that though the setting up of the Paris Club disbursement committee was done with good intentions, but due to public concerns he had decided to suspend the committee to pave way for speedy payment of the entitlements to workers and retirees.
Ortom noted that “as part of the transparency policy of my administration, I immediately made public the receipt of the N14.9 billion Paris Club refund, even when other states were yet to disclose theirs.”
He reaffirmed his stand against the invasion of the state by armed herdsmen, a position he attributed to the support he had enjoyed from Benue people, urging his supporters to be peaceful in canvassing his re-election, pointing out that “power belongs to God who gives it to whoever He so desires.”