- You’re wrong, Benue APC replies
As workers in Benue State await the bailout fund from the federal government, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are currently enmeshed in controversy over the figure of the bailout.
While the Samuel Ortom led government pegs the amount at N28 billion, the PDP, through its spokesman, Godwin Ayihe says it is N19 billion, alleging that it has been inflated.
Ayihe claimed that the wage bill of the state had been inflated from N2.7 billion to N3.7 billion by the present administration, asserting that the delay in the remittance of the fund to the state was as a result of the discrepancy.
However, Senior Special Assistant to Ortom on Media and ICT, Terver Akase, condemned the PDP position describing it as untrue and mischievous, maintaining that the N28 billion figure is already known to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
“Benue has done all documentation; what is needed to be done now is for CBN to credit our account. As soon as this is done, it would be published. The opposition’s allegation amounts to nothing”, Akase said.
The media aide, who expressed the concern of the governor of the state over the nonpayment of backlog of salary arrears owed civil servants, assured that as soon the fund is assessed, the backlog would be paid.
“The opposition party should be responsible because our government is responsible and accountable to the people”, Akase maintained.
It would be recalled that the immediate past governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam had at different fora indicated that the state wage bill is N2.7 billion.