The Outcome: Governor Ortom is now owing 4-5 months’ workers’ salaries after only one year in office having renegaded on an agreement to pay workers once every two months as a result of the economic downturn.
While addressing Catholic faithful at the end of a prayer session conducted by the Bishops of Otukpo, Makurdi, Gboko and Katsina-Ala Catholic Dioceses at the Grace Chapel of Benue People’s House Wednesday, Governor Samuel Ortom said the state will no longer be able to meet up with the payment of monthly wage bill, even as the federal allocation to the State has dropped from N7 billion in the past administration to N1.3 billion this month.
The Promise: I Will Appoint Only 13 Commissioners and 15 Advisers. I Will Also Be Fair to Everyone
On May 12 2015, Governor Samuel Ortom, when he hosted various groups including All Progressives Congress, APC, stakeholders from Kwande local government area, Masev Development Association, and Igede APC stakeholders at his residence and that of Senator George Akume, in Makurdi, assured that he would be fair to all three geopolitical zones of the state in making political appointments. Few days earlier, while speaking to other groups at his Makurdi residence, he had assured that his cabinet would comprise of, at most, 13 commissioners and 15 advisers so as to save costs and ensure better funding of ministries and other government agencies.