Sunday, 7 August 2016

We’ve Not Lost Grip Of Govt – Abounu

Benue State Deputy Governor, Mr. Benson Abounu, has said the state government has not lost grip of the state as a result of the continuous protests by different groups.

At least, four different groups including benefitting farmers of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) anchor borrowers’ scheme, players of Lobi Stars Football Club, students of the College of Agriculture Yandev and pensioners during the week, protested the inability of the state government to address their problems, a situation which appeared as if government had lost control of the state.

He blamed the protests on what he called external manipulations by those opposed to the Governor Samuel Ortom administration.

He added that the reasons and timing of the protests were aimed at portraying the government as anti-people.

Abounu who said it was wrong to conclude that the Ortom’s administration had lost grip of the state, said the governor was in firm control of the situations, adding that the “externally” manipulated forces would soon be surmounted.

On the protest by hundreds of pensioners under the aegis of “Concerned Pensioners,” the deputy governor described it as unfortunate, explaining that the governor had been sensitive and responsive to the plight of pensioners in the state and paying them as and when due until very lately.

He explained that those that protested were people that retired from service before the advent of the present administration but were yet to be placed on the payroll but for whom the Ortom-led government was working out modalities to do so and pay them too.

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