Gov Ortom Sanctions LG Chairman Over Missing N40m

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Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has directed the probe of newly appointed Caretaker Chairman of Gwer Local Government Council, Mr. Godwin Uzuku, for the alleged misappropriation of over N40 million.

It was learnt that the missing money was part of the N68 million monthly allocation to the council for the payment of local government staff salaries and overhead.

Speaking to reporters on the issue on Tuesday in Makurdi, Governor Ortom said the embattled council chairman was specifically directed to pay the July salaries of workers, adding that he defied the order.

The governor said: “He only utilized N28 million of the N68m allocation for the month of July to pay workers’ salaries because he fell back to a payment voucher of 2011, when the N18,000 minimum wage was not being implemented.

“When we got wind of what he did, we asked him of the balance of N40 million and he could not explain the where about of the money. I issued him a query which he answered.

“The matter has been referred to the Benue State House of Assembly, though we have also recommended sanctions because he could not provide answers to questions put before him and also completely disregarded our directives on the payment of salaries.’’

The governor said he would continue to run a government that was anchored on core values of transparency, accountability, probity and due process.

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