Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Benue Governor Ortom Commences Probe Of Suswam’s Administration, Inaugurates Two Committees

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom Tuesday in Makurdi, inaugurated two special committees charged with the responsibility of probing the eight-year tenure of his immediate predecessor, Gabriel Suswam, from June 2007 – May 2015.



The following are the two special committees, their respective members, terms of reference and time frame:

1 THE VERIFICATION OF FUNDS ACCRUED/RECEIVED COMMITTEE

Members:


Hon Justice E N Kpojime – chairman
Barr JI Abaagu -member
Rev Prof Francis Wegh- member
Dr Christopher Obute-member
Jacob Mulya-member
Mr Sekegh Akaa- member/sec
Michael Albert Lead counsel

Terms of reference are:
-Identify all revenue resources and the total amount of revenue which accrued to Benue state between june 2007 to may 2015.
-Specifically ascertain how much funds were actually received by the state government from

Allocation from federal government
Local government fund so
IGR
Bonds and loans
Excess crude account
SME
Ecological funds
VAT
MDGs
Sure-P
SUBEB, and
Any other funds

-Ascertain in quantum of shares/stock owned by the Benue state government in dangote cement plc, julius berger, bbl and other companies or enterprises.
-Ascertain the circumstances that led to the sale of such shares/stock and their worth or value.
-Identify the investors who bought these shares/stock and determine whether the transactions followed due process of law.
-Ascertain the whereabout of the proceeds of the sale
-Determine if government of Benue state has any equity left in the said companies and value of such equity.
-Ascertain if funds realised above were appropriated
-Ascertain the application and utilisation of such funds?
-Establish misappropriation if any and identify the person or persons involved.
-Recommend appropriate actions to the government.

2 THE SALE/LEASE OF GOVERNMENT ASSETS COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

Members:

Barrister Moses Atagher chairman
Mr Ngutor Anyam member
Barr omale omale member
Prof moses ogbaje member
Rep commissioner of police member
Mr Andrew Amee member/Sec

Terms
-Identify all government properties that have been sold/leased since June 2007
-Determine the status and correct value of such properties as at time of sale
-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 government in transaction.
-Determine the value of the sale / lease and establish whether the transactions were in the interest of the government and if due process was followed.
-Determine whether the terms of the lease agreement have been complied with.
-Generally review all such transactions and advise government on the appointment so actions in the interest of the people and good governance.

Both committees have 6 months to submit their report.



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