DON’T BE CARRIED AWAY BY FALSEHOOD – ORTOM URGES BENUE PEOPLE

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged the people of the state not to be carried away by falsehood being propagated against his administration by the opposition.

He spoke at the thanksgiving service of his wife, Dr Eunice Ortom, and his pastor, Reverend Mike Ayanbode, at the Redeemed Christian Church, Mega Parish in Makurdi.

Dr Eunice Ortom celebrated her 45th birthday anniversary while Reverend Ayanbode marked his silver jubilee.
Governor Ortom stated that part of the falsehood was that he had not paid salaries between nine and five months at a stretch.

He pointed out that the truth was that every worker in the state got paid once in two months in accordance with an agreement with labor that two federal allocations be merged to pay one month’s full salary as a result of insufficient funds.

Governor Ortom stressed that the difference between him and the previous administration was that he was not diverting the resources of the state into private pockets like they were doing as confirmed by the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry that 52 officials looted N107 billion.

He said he inherited arrears of salaries, pensions, and gratuities of N69 billion and has been making every effort to clear it adding that if he recovered the N107, billion that was stolen he could use about N40 billion to clear all the arrears and have a balance of over N60 billion.

Governor Ortom described Reverend Ayanbode as a true man of God who gave him true counsel when he was in need and his wife as a jewel who made sacrifices to sustain the family in difficult times.
He expressed appreciation to God for giving him such a wife saying if God permitted marriage in heaven he would have marry her forever.

The Governor also thanked God for saving his life when complications set in after what he described as a minor operation during his recent leave and urged people to be ever conscious that the dividing line between life and death was very thin.

He sympathized with victims of last night’s flooding in Makurdi including the management of Radio Benue for the transmitter which has been submerged and requested assistance from the federal government to tackle the challenge.

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