Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has again appreciated Nigerians from different walks of life for the assistance rendered to flood victims in the state.
Addressing journalists today at the Benue Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Governor Ortom said the quick response to the flood disaster by his administration received massive support from the Federal Government, corporate organisations, civil society groups and other good spirited individuals across the country.
He specially thanked President Muhamadu Buhari for directing National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to take relief materials to the state for those affected by the recent flood; a move which was followed by the visit of Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as well as the Ministers of Environment and Health.
On the alleged diversion of relief materials meant for victims of the flood, Governor Ortom said the State Government had commenced investigation into the matter, disclosing that the Internally Displaced Persons camp commandant has been suspended to pave way for proper investigation.
The Governor said it was to ensure transparency in the management of relief materials and the flood situation in general that he included in the flood committee representatives of civil society organisations, the media and Nigerian Bar Association.
He restated the position of his administration on the unity of Nigeria, saying that Benue believes in the indivisibility of the country.
Governor Ortom reassured Nigerians from other states residing in Benue that their security is guaranteed. “We won’t allow bad elements to harass innocent Nigerians living in Benue State.”
He assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to initiate policies and projects to make life more meaningful for them, stressing that though the payment of salaries has posed a serious challenge as a result of the huge wage bill in the face of dwindling federal allocations and internal revenue, the state government would continue to explore ways to cushion the impact of the situation on the people.
Governor Ortom urged workers to cooperate with the Salary Verification Committee as it moves to realise the actual wage bill of the state and restore prompt payment of their entitlements.