Monday, 19 September 2016

TAHAV AGERZUA SETS IPPAN ON FIRE: DIVERTS ORTOM'S N10 MILLION PAID TO BODY FROM BAILOUT MONEY.

By Bemgba Iortyom.
Crisis has rocked the Independent Print Publishers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN) over sharing of a N10 million largese given to the body by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom with many aggrieved members accusing the governor's Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, of shortchanging them and pocketing their money.



Sources have it that following a meeting he had with the leadership and members of the Benue based body of community media practitioners, Gov. Ortom had directed his Adviser of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Titus Zam, to pay N10 million to the body to offset claims of outstanding payments to members from the previous administration.

The monies which are said to have been drawn from the Bailout funds by Adviser Zam eventually came into the custody of Tahav Agerzua given his present status and also being the facilitator of the meeting with his boss, the governor.

But on taking custody of the money the Ortom Media Adviser is said to have first taken a 10% cut from it for himself, and then drawn up a list of a few members considered as Ortom loyalists, which also included his name, whom he paid various sums, with some on the list, including himself, taking as much as N400,000.00, while some took N100,000.00, depending on the perceived degree of loyalty.

According to sources the total amount shared out is only a small portion of the total sum, with aggrieved members lamenting that they had participated actively in the tour for which the money was paid, but were ignored because of personal hatred Mr. Agerzua has for them on account of their stand on issues, while some of those paid are said not to have even participated in the exercise.

The claims were for a performance assessment tour of local government areas of the state in 2013 during the Suswam administration when Mr. Agerzua was Chairman of IPPAN.

On rounding up the tour he had submitted a bill of N10 million to the government requesting it to be deducted from the coffers of the various councils by the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, but this was not done.

It was same claims that the Media Adviser took to Gov. Ortom at the meeting which he facilitated, and at which the members had appealed for the sympathy of the governor and urged him to pay the money, reminding him that he was the pioneer chairman of the body.

The aggrieved members have vowed to fight and see out the matter to its logical conclusion, including staging a protest to the governor when he returns from his foreign trip.

Many have expressed dismay that Mr. Agerzua is repeating same tendencies of instigating rifts within the press community in this state whenever he is in position of authority, with some pointing to the dire consequences such portends for the image of his boss, Gov. Ortom, same as it was for then Gov. George Akume while Agerzua served him as Chief Press Secretary.

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