An appeal to H.E Dr Samuel Ortom By Comr. Martin Iorsamber (M.Sc) FEntD, MICRM, ASM The Secretary to the Benue State Government, Barr. Targema Takema last week released a statement which among other issues said Governor Samuel Ortom has cancelled ‘last minute recruitments’ in the state. While I am wondering what Gov. Ortom referred to as ‘last minute’ since government is a continual process, it is worthy to give my candid advice to the governor. His Excellency Sir, you will agree with me that you are also a beneficiary of ‘last minute’ decisions of your party and should not be in a hurry to condemn last minute decisions taken by a legitimate government who acted under the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended. The process for these jobs, like that of College of Education Katsina-Ala which is because of an upcoming accreditation, started since 2014 before you resigned as minister to contest for Benue State governor.
Mr Governor Sir, any attempt to cancel these appointments will certainly plunge your administration or Benue State into legal exertions like the Suswam led government which you are fully aware is not a good thing for any state. His Excellency Sir, there are so many harmful decisions that were taken by the previous administration that are even threats to human lives and properties in Benue.
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These among others include the indiscriminate citing of filling stations at roundabouts, markets and residential areas. Your administration should revoke such rights rather than start your work on the poor, jobless and helpless Benue youths who were employed by a government who you were hitherto part of, except you are only being strong on the weak, which I believe is not your intention.
My dear Governor, it is not any secret that Benue state is financially bankrupt due to mismanagement of resources by previous administrators amidst dwindling federal allocation and poor internal revenue generation. This situation has resulted to non payment of salaries to civil servants in Benue State for several months. His Excellency, I should believe you were aware of all these before you resigned as a Minister of the Federal Republic to come home and take charge. You even promised Benue youths jobs during your campaigns. Does it mean you were referring to the GEJ/PDP types of jobs where wheelbarrow pushers and motor conductors are counted as employees? If not why should jobs be cancelled?
Or are the employees not Benue people? His Excellency Sir, there are so many states in Nigeria that have and are facing this problem of debts. The ability to handle the situation successfully is what differentiates a progressive governor from the normal PDP governor. For example, when H.E Owelle Rochas Okorocha entered office in 2011, Imo state was in the state of near collapse, Gov. Okorocha reduced his salary and that of his cabinet members in order to have more funds. Okorocha went ahead to forfeit his security vote! Today Imo state is not the same.
Take the case of Kaduna State, immediately Gov Nasir Amad El-Rufai was sworn in, he announced 50% reduction in his salary and that of his deputy. President Muhammadu Buhari is also considering reducing his salary and that of his cabinet members. These are the hopes Benue had in APC and voted it. My dear Governor, Benue voted APC when they saw the progress in Nasarawa, Lagos, Imo, Kano and Edo States. Today, Lagos state has the highest debt in the country (N400bn) seconded by Kano (N300bn) but the new Governors are not cancelling appointments.
In his last minutes decisions in Benue, the former governor (Suswam) donated 8 new SUV jeeps to you and you did not reject, Abu King Shuluwa road was renamed and you did not cancel it. His Excellency Sir, you are already a rich man without being Governor, if Benue is indebted beyond imagination as it is been presented, follow the footsteps of progressive governors like Nasir El-Rufai and Rochas Okorocha to cut down your salary, reduce your convey and reject security vote. Please in the interest of Benue Youths, don’t cancel the appointments of Benue people because we even want more appointments.
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