- Governor Samuel Ortom says anyone with a case of corruption against him or any of his officials should blow the whistle
- Ortom notes that his duty as governor is to execute God’s will over the people of the middle-belt state
- The governor says the people who are insulting and criticizing him should wait, watch and see what will happen at the end of his tenure
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has urged the people of the state to feel free to offer their counsel and criticism of his government.
Ortom said this on Sunday, May 14, in Makurdi at a children dedication and thanksgiving service, NAN reports.
The service was organised by Pastor Daniel Unongo, the government house chaplain, whose wife delivered a set of twins after 18 years of marriage.
Wife of the governor Eunice Ortom, in her remarks, said God had again demonstrated His powers by wiping away the tears and pains of the Unongo family.
Unongo, in his response, thanked God for the blessings and urged others in similar situations to turn to God in prayer.
Ortom said he has always sought God’s nod before taking any decision, and urged those attacking his administration to wait and see what would happen in the near future.
“Those insulting and criticizing me should wait, watch and see what will happen when I complete my tenure.
“At the moment, I am owing four months salaries and we are believing God that the issue of non-payment of salaries or delay will soon become history.“
"Ours is not the worst; we have states owing workers seven months and even beyond. But, we shall try to tackle the issue,” he said.
The Governor challenged residents of the state not to hesitate to blow the whistle if they had any case of corruption against him or any of his appointees.
''Anyone with a case of corruption against me or any of my officials should blow the whistle and get the approved five per cent reward,” he said.
Ortom said his duty as governor was to execute God’s will.
Benson Abounu, the state deputy governor made this known on Thursday May 11, shortly after chairing a meeting of the committee set up by the state government to oversee the payment of backlog of salaries owed workers.
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