Suswam urges pensioners to give Ortom time, warns against politicized protests
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The senator representing Benue Zone A, Senator (Dr) Gabriel Torwua Suswam, today addressed a group of pensioners protesting at the gate of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, urging them to give the governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, some time to clear their payments.
This is contrary to a fake media report which is being circulated by the media handlers of the Benue APC that the former Benue governor tongue lashed his successor while addressing the pensioners.
Contrary to the sponsored media report by the APC media handlers that Suswam was condemning Ortom for owing the pensioners, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power had urged the protesters to understand the fact that owing salaries and pensions is a nationwide issue.
According to Suswam who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor, former NAFDAC Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, and some other PDP chieftains, Governor Ortom has been trying his best to resolve all salaries and pensions issues with the little resources available to him .
Urging the pensioners to return back to their homes, Senator Suswam noted that he too faced the same problems when he held sway as governor between 2007 and 2015.
He also informed them that it is not only Governor Samuel Ortom that is owing pensioners in the country, stressing that the governor who has been working day and night to resolve the problem should be given some time to do that.
However, Suswam assured them that he and Senators Abba Moro and Oker Jev will meet with Governor Samuel Ortom to see how they can brainstorm to find a lasting solution to the pensioners issue.
He begged them not to allow themselves to be used by anyone to cause embarrassment for the Benue State Government which is being led by Governor Ortom.