Contrary to insinuations that the outgoing government in Benue State will leave behind a huge debt profile, the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the state governor, Prince Solomon Wombo has said no local government council in the state is owing any bank.
Prince Wombo who disclosed this while chatting with newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital yesterday, said he does not believe that it was necessary to borrow from the bank to pay salary, stressing that though the state is owing salaries, the situation was still better, compared to other states that are also owing workers.
He said some of the legacies he is leaving behind include due process and accountability which he said made it mandatory to document every contract instead of verbal process that was the practice.
The above legacies according to him were contrary to the situation the outgoing government met when salaries were not paid for several months and funds remitted were not duly accounted for.
The Special Adviser said the Bureau had been able to defray some substantial amount of the debts owed by the previous administration before the present economic crunch, adding that his office has contributed to MDG projects like water and hospitals as well as training staffs within and outside the country for monitoring and internal control.
He appealed to members of the press to give the kind of cooperation it has given to the outgoing administration to the incoming, maintaining that they are coming to work for the development and progress of the state.


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