- The activities of government have been put on hold following Governor Ortom's annual leave
- A check at ministries and other government offices showed that commissioners, MDs failed to come to work
- Ortom had conferred his power on the state deputy governor, Benson Abounu, before proceeding on annual leave
All the government activities have been put on hold in Benue state as ministries and other government agencies failed to resume for duties following Governor Samuel Ortom's annual three-week vacation.
The New Telegraph reports that before proceeding on vacation oversea, the governor had sought the permission of the state lawmakers in a letter conveyed to the assembly through its speaker.
Legit.ng gathers that he told the lawmakers that his annual leave would kick-start on April 7 and end on April 30, adding that his deputy, Benson Abounu, would be in charge of government affairs.
But since Governor Ortom left the state, all the government offices including that of MDAs, commissioners, DG and permanent secretaries were shutdown.
Speaking on the development, a staff said: "Ever since the staff were told that Ortom had proceeded on vacation without paying them salaries, they were disappointed and decided to stay out of offices.
“As for me, l only came to the office to pick some things which l left in the office. As you can see, the SSG is not on seat, we have many special advisers occupying various offices here, but none of them is in the office now because they are running away from people and are not ready to assist."
The chief press secretary to the acting governor, Benson Abounu, Ogaba Ede, denied office being placed under lock.
But when confronted with contrary evidences, he said: “It is not the business of journalists to know the movement of commissioners. It is not true that commissioners are not on seats."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governorship candidate APC in Benue state, Emmanuel Jime, had accused the governor of the state, Ortom, of running his government based on propaganda.
Jime said the governor had nothing to show for the four years he had been in office as the governor of Benue state.
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