No proof of diversion of N3bn bailout funds- Ortom
The Benue State government has debunked rumours that it diverted bailout funds meant to offset backlog of salaries owed to local government staff.
Governor Samuel Ortom denied the allegation through his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Titus Zam.
Zam at a press briefing on the scorecard of his bureau in the last three years said nobody has been able to prove that over N3 billion was diverted by the present administration.
“There is no proof that N3billion was diverted neither has any security agency invited me for questioning. We have instead saved over N2billion. Staff of Taraku Mill who took us to court have no business with local government. They procured judgment and our account has been garnished. We have however, appealed the judgment and hope to get justice at the end,” Zam said.
According to him, payment of genuine local government staff was ongoing when workers of Taraku Mills who have no business with local government affairs went to court and secured judgment against the bureau.
The special adviser noted that government has continued to ensure stability in the chieftaincy institution of the state with the installation of 10 first class chiefs and 44 second class chiefs, stressing that since the assumption of office of the present administration, no chief has been deposed.
He also said local government workers and Benue teachers will now receive their full salary, explain that the state received N4.1 billion the highest it ever received at the local government level.
Zam commended the governor for appointing the deputy governor-led committee that has helped in streamlining the local government workforce, blocking all the leakages to a sizeable number on the pay roll.