With N14.9Bn Paris Club fund at hand, Ortom begins clearing salaries and pensions


* Suspends committee to fast-track payments

Life may be better in Benue State where civil servants have perpetually complained of non-payment of salaries. Business people always cried saying lack of salaries killed purchasing power of the workers. Many think non-payment of salaries claimed the governor of Osun State in lst weekend elections.

Now, relief seems quick as the Paris Cluf Refund has come to their rescue. Previous refunds ended in controversies and investigations. Now, the governor, Samuel Ortom,  has directed the state Ministry of Finance to immediately commence payment of salary arrears, pensions and gratuity from the Paris Club refund recently received by the state.

The Governor made known the decision at the burial of Sabastine Dewua at Tse-Awuna, Mbachohon, Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.

He stated that though the setting up of the Paris Club disbursement committee was done with good intentions, owing to public concerns, he had decided to suspend the committee to pave way for speedy payment of the funds to workers and retirees.

Governor Ortom noted that as part of the transparency policy of his administration, he 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 has enjoyed from Benue people.

The Governor urged his supporters to be peaceful in canvassing support for his reelection, pointing out that power belongs to God and the Creator gives it to whomever He wills.