Benue gov begins probes of ex-governor, Samuel Ortom


By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

BENUE State Governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, has begun a probe of his predecessor, Chief Samuel Ortom, by inaugurating two judicial commissions of inquiry to know how the resources that accrued to the state and government assets under Chief Ortom were managed.

The two commissions of Inquiry are: Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Income and Expenditure of Benue State Government (from May 29, 2015, to May 28, 2023), and the Judicial Commission of inquiry into the Sale/Lease of government assets, Companies and Markets (both State and Local Government owned markets), as well as Moribund Companies (from or before May 28, 2015 to May 28th, 2023).

Performing the inauguration at the Old Banquet Hall of Government House, Makurdi, on Monday night, Governor Alia explained that the setting up of the two commissions of inquiry to look into the activities of the outgone administration is in response to the desire of the people of the state, who are the major stakeholders and owners of the resources.

His words: “These commissions are not merely bureaucratic endeavors; they are our response to the earnest desires and hopes of the good people of Benue, who are rightfully critical stakeholders and owners of our dear state and its resources.”

According to the governor, the future of Benue as a state depends largely on the prudent management of its resources, and as such, his administration will ensure that all monies expended, serve the collective purpose, in order to take the state to greater heights.

“The future prosperity of Benue hinges on the prudent and judicious management of our resources.

“As we usher in a new era characterized by prioritizing the welfare of our people, it is imperative and quite incumbent upon us to ensure that every Naira expended serves the collective interest and propels the growth and development of our state.

“The responsible stewardship of government resources bears a direct correlation to the well-being of our people. Adequate allocation to vital sectors such as the economy, agriculture, education, security, healthcare, and infrastructure uplifts the standard of living, while any mismanagement jeopardizes our collective progress,” he stressed.

Gov Alia expressed confidence in the integrity and track record of the members of the commissions to discharge their duties with utmost dedication and in accordance with the noble principles of public service.

He, however, urged them to recognize the gravity of their mandate, insisting that the commission is not rooted in distrust but in his administration’s commitment to the principles of accountability, transparency, and good governance to safeguard the interests of the people of the state.

Responding separately, the chairmen of the commissions of inquiry; Justice Taiwo Taiwo, (retd) and Justice Apollo’s Paul Idi, (retd), for Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Income and Expenditure of Benue State Government (from May 29, 2015, to May 28, 2023), and the Sale/Lease of Government Assets, Companies and Markets, respectively, expressed their readiness to work in line with the terms of reference given them.

They equally promised to do their best to come up with recommendations that will help the government to move the state forward.