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I Inherited A Debt Burden Of N90bn From Suswam – Ortom

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Samuel Ortom-Gabriel SuswamGov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Saturday said that he inherited a debt burden of N90 billion from the immediate past administration in the state.

Ortom, who disclose this at an interactive session with newsmen in Makurdi, said the debt were for salaries arrears, bond, overdrafts, and contracts.

“The state Ministry of Finance reported that the N9.3 billion that the former governor disclosed to the public was the balance of the N18 billion bond he collected.

“The state is owing salaries arrears of N12 billion, contract ready for payment N18 billion, overdrafts N1.6 billion, ongoing contracts N50 billion, totaling N90 billion.

“That was why I took N10 billion bond to pay salaries, take off government from all the three arms and renovate the government house”, he said.

He explained that the bond was also to secure accreditation for the Benue State University Medical School, where students were in the school for over 12 years without graduating.

Ortom said that he received N1.7 billion statutory allocation and N500 million from the value added tax account.

He said that the wage bill of the state keeps on increasing, and pointed out that he had paid salaries for May, while June salaries would be paid after the staff audit.

The governor said his administration would always welcome superior arguments and constructive criticisms.

“Please do not run me or my government down. You are free to criticised my actions, but please be constructive in your arguments.

“If I fail history will be told that a journalist has failed and this will be a big minus to our pen profession.

“I am your governor, advised me and pray for me for the success of this administration because it will be said that when journalist come to power they don’t perform”, he said.

He said that he was ready to reverse any of his decisions provided that a superior argument was put forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was the publisher of The Oracle Newspaper in the state. (NAN)

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  1. Mike

    July 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

    All these stories Ortom is giving are not important to Benue people. We do not need stories. If Suswan did not do well, what are u doing to recover the stolen money from him? Suswan bought u so many vehicles when he discovered u have defeated him. Could that be a bride to close your mouth? Suswan is up there in his London house enjoying the stolen money and you are here telling us long stories. We need urgent change in Benue State abeg.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.

The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

Also Read: North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto

Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.

 

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