Exposed:Ortom Stole N34 Billion Naira from workers salaries in 17 months
The governor of Benue state, the man who has dedicated the state to God in his own way, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has stolen 34 billion Naira on workers salaries between May 2015 and October 2016.
Payroll summaries of the Benue state government at the disposal of Nigerian Concord which were prepared by waghbo Dooshima (A.g DPRM), checked by Ameh G.A and approved by Mrs Orum A.D showed that Governor Ortom is monthly diverting about 2 billion Naira into his personal use since he assumed duties as governor.
The governor has always claimed that he uses 4.2 billion Naira to pay workers salaries every month but findings on the government’s Payroll Summary obtained by our investigators indicated that only 2,173, 397, 765 million Naira (A little above 2.1 billion Naira) is being used by government to pay all workers salaries every month.
With this calculation, there are glaring facts that about 2 billion Naira is being stolen by the governor every month.
Investigation also showed that Ortom’s predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, was paying 2.8 billion Naira monthly as workers salaries.
And when Ortom came in as governor, he retired 12 permanent secretaries, sacked lots of Directors and about 500 civil servants owing to the belief that they were close to the former governor.
Apart from that, some workers were retired genuinely while about 2000 workers that were genuinely employed by former governor Suswam were illegally sacked.
With these retirements and sacks (legitimate and illegitimate), findings show that instead for the salary bill to go down, it has risen up by over 100 percent.
Read detailed reports and bank transfer documents on pages 3 and 11 of Nigerian Concord (This week edition)