Monday, 21 September 2015

Why We’re Probing Suswam’s Administration - SSG

(Benue News)
Secretary to the Benue State Government, SSG, Targema Takema, weekend, disclosed that the present administration in the state instituted a probe of the immediate past government of former Governor Gabriel Suswam in order to instill the tenets of probity, transparency and accountability in governance.

He stated that Governor Samuel Ortom’s government should also be subjected to probe for any wrong doing at the end of the tenure of the administration.

The SSG, who spoke at the burial ceremony of the mother of the chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Gboko Local Government, Mr. Tarnongu Mnyam Bam, insisted that the process was not a witch hunt.

He said: “What we are doing is not a witch hunt, that is why no amount of blackmail, negotiation or diversionary tactics can derail the focus of the present administration to use the just constituted probe panels to effectively assertain what was misappropriated by that administration.’’

He accused former Governor Suswam of allegedly selling Benue State shares in Julius Berger Plc for the cost of over N8 billion without proper records of where the proceeds were invested or what it was used for.

“It is the resolve of the present administration to ensure that every kobo misappropriated in the state is returned and by so doing, the government of Samuel Ortom will be showing the people the path of probity, transparency and accountability.”

“So, should the government or any player within it be found wanting now or at the end of their service, the relevant agencies of government should not hesitate to met out justice,’’ he said.

Reacting to the ongoing probe, however, former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, insisted that it was diversionary and selective.

“If they are sincere, the mandate of the probe panels should cover the Akume’s administration, anything outside that is a farce, nobody can fool Benue people,’’ he insisted.

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