Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday constituted two committees to probe the activities of the immediate past administration in the state.
The governor said the committees are not to witch-hunt the administration of Dr Gabriel Suswam but to put the record straight by identifying how the previous administration, which was entrusted with the peoples fund managed the funds.
The committees are Judicial Commission of Inquiry and Commission of Inquiry to the sale/lease of government assets. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry is saddled with the responsibilities of identifying all revenue sources and total amount of revenue accrued to the state between 2007 and 2015.
The terms of reference of the committees include to ascertain total funds actually received To also ascertain the quantum of shares/stock owned by the state in companies to enterprises and to also ascertain circumstances leading to the sale of shares and their worth or values.
Identify the investors who bought those shares and determine whether the transaction followed due process, ascertain whereabouts of proceeds sold, determine the state equity in the said companies and values of such equity.
To ascertain if the funds realized from the sales were appropriated, to know how the funds were applied and utilized, establish misappropriation if any and identify persons involved and to recommend appropriate action to the government.
On its part, the Commission of Inquiry to sale/lease of government property is saddled with identifying all government properties that have been sold/leased since June 2007, determine the status and correct value of such properties as at the time of sale/lease.
It also has to identify those who bought or took on lease such properties and in case of lease determine what improvements have been made and the subsisting interest of the government in the transaction, determine the value of sale/lease and establish whether the transactions were in the interest of government and if due process was followed.
To determine whether the terms of lease agreement have been complied with and to review all such transactions and advice government on the actions in the interest of the people and good governance.
The two committees were given six months to submit their reports to government