July 19, 2024

Benue Gov-Elect’s Team Worries About Reports On Handover Being Released

The Samuel Ortom-led state administration is allegedly delaying the distribution of handover reports, according to the transition committee of the next governor of Benue State, Fr. Hyacinth Alia.

The transition committee noted that the Benue State Government had established a transition committee on March 22, 2023 in a statement signed on Tuesday by Chief Mike Iordye, the committee’s chairman, and Dan Ashiekaa, the secretary.

According to the statement, the committee of the government is presided over by SSG. Prof. Tony Ijohor (SAN), Secretary to the State Government, and includes all members of the State Executive Council as well as Mr. Bartholomew Aondoaver Ageraga, Director of the ExCo, as Secretary.

Interestingly, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) informed us at our joint meeting with the departing administration’s team on April 27, 2023, that he was unable to prepare the reports but would make arrangements for MDAs to brief us in one week after his return from his trip abroad.

PRESS RELEASE BY INCOMING GOVERNMENT’S TRANSITION COMMITTEE ON DELAY IN SUBMISSION OF HANDOVER REPORTS

The general public will recall that the Benue State Government had on the 22nd March, 2023 constituted a Transition Committee that is to prepare for handover to the incoming administration on 29th May 2023. The Transition Committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG. Prof. Tony Ijohor (SAN), with all members of the State Executive Council as members and the Director of the ExCo, Mr. Bartholomew Aondoaver Ageraga, as Secretary.

This Committee was to complete their assignment within three (3) weeks, which means the report should have been ready by 15th April, 2023.

Incidentally, at our joint meeting with the outgoing administration’s team on the 27th April, 2023, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) informed us of the inability to get the reports ready but that he will arrange for MDAs to brief us in one week’s time on his return from his trip abroad. This lackadaisical attention to a serious matter like this calls for concern, as this information is necessary to enable our smooth takeoff on the 29th May, 2023.

We therefore, urgently demand the release of the following from the outgoing administration:
✓Comprehensive Handover Notes covering the period of the outgoing administration i.e. 2015 – 2023 for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including the Debt Profile and the state of finances of the State.
✓Organize an inspection tour of all ongoing projects.
✓Any ongoing negotiations that are not yet frozen as contract.
✓Updated Employee List for State & Local Governments and payroll for the month of November 2022.
✓Comprehensive list of IDPs and their respective camps.
✓Pension Payroll for the month of February 2020 for the State pensioners and that of the local governments.
✓Any other vital information that may be of use to the incoming administration.

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