A consultant economist, Peter Iorver, has described the allegation of payment of N48 billion local government funds to private account as pedestrian, saying the state is presently in a precarious situation for having people who lack preliminary knowledge of how government works in office.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Targema Takema disclosed at the weekend that about N6billion local government fund was annually paid into private accounts.
But Iorver considered Takema’s submission unintelligent as he said that the money being alleged to have been paid into private account was like totalling the entire allocation which accrued to the local governments for eight years and subtracting the salaries paid for the same period, stressing that the officials forgot that what comes to the states and local governments from the federation account is called “monthly allocation” and “not monthly salaries”.
“After salaries are paid, the councils at their discretion use the remaining funds for other businesses of government. That is why you have recurrent and capital expenditures. It is laughable the kind of information that is being dished out by this new government”, Iorver said.
In the same vein, a project consultant with the Benue state Government, Mr. Nat Apir said vindictiveness, vengeance and pride are the templates of Ortom’s government; hence the desperation to tarnish the image of the previous government.
Apir cautioned that, “those who live in glass house should not throw stones”, adding that the Benue State House of Assembly should impeach governor Ortom whom he said has already committed an impeacheable offence by spending without appropriation.


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