The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has sacked the chairpersons of the state’s 23 local government caretaker councils.
The State Commissioner of Information, Odey Ageh, made the announcement to the caretaker chairmen on Wednesday, after the weekly state executive council meeting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
Mr. Odey Ageh also directed that the outgoing Chairmen hand over to their respective Directors General Service and Administration, DGSA, adding that the sack takes effect from today, June 30th, 2016. He said:
“They have also been directed to hand over all government property including their officials cars to their respective DGSAs who would run the councils until further notice,”
One of the affected council chairmen, who did not want to be named, said they had been informed ahead of the sack to hand over all government properties including official cars in their possession to Director Generals, Local Government Administration and Service unfailingly by Thursday.
Local govt elections in the state are expected to hold in September.
Meanwhile, the recently retired local government workers in the state said that life was becoming unbearable for them following the non-payment of their monthly stipends by the state government. Representatives of the retired workers stormed the Government House in Makurdi, asking Governor Samuel Ortom to find immediate solution to their predicament.
Speaking on their behalf, Mr Michael Vembeh, stressed that life was becoming extremely difficult for them to fend for themselves and their families, and appealed to the government to include them in the monthly pension.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, assured the retired workers whose biometric data had been captured that they would be paid monthly pension as from July.