Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, restated his determination to probe the administration of his predecessor, Mr Gabriel Suswam.
Ortom, who announced this in Makurdi while swearing in three new Special Advisers, said probing Suswam was one of his responsibilities to people of the state.
According to him, “People of Benue voted me into office because of my pledge during the electioneering that I will correct all the wrongs in Suswam’s administration. Those who stole public funds must return it or risk going to jail. Government has overwhelming evidence against those indicted in the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry setup by the state.
”Probing the past administration is part of my responsibility to Benue people; the people voted me because of my pledge to correct all the wrongs in the administration of Suswam.
“We must recover all stolen funds in Benue and develop the state with it. We have a lot of evidence against those indicted in the report of the judicial commission of inquiry.
”My actions in office will determine whether I will win a second tenure or not; 2019 will take care of itself.”
Ortom charged the new advisers to steer clear of public funds and not to convert funds meant for the execution of projects, service delivery and the people’s welfare into private pockets.
“We must be conscious that by probing the previous administration today, ours shall be probed tomorrow,” he stated.
The new advisers were Mr. Matthew Mnyam, Mr Benjamin Ashaver and Mr Richard Gbaden, bringing the total of advisers to the governor to 20.

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