Anxiety In Benue As Gov Ortom Purges Cabinet

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

By EMMANUEL OLOFU DICKSON,  Makurdi

 

There is anxiety over what will happen next as Benue State Governor,  Samuel  Ortom  in a surprise move on Sunday,  embarked on a  massive  purge  of his cabinet,  retaining  only  four  commissioners.

Though it is still unclear why he is taking the action,  but AUTHENTIC News Daily believes  it may not be  unconnected to  his plans  to dump  the ruling All Progressives  Congress (APC).

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Anthony Ijohor, (SAN), said that our Commissioners and seven Special Advisers are to, however, retain their portfolios.

The statement said the partial dissolution of the Exco takes immediate effect and that the outgoing members of Council are to handover to their Permanent Secretaries or most senior directors as the case may be.

The SSG quoted the Governor as expressing profound appreciation to outgoing members of the Benue State Executive Council for their service to the State and wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The four Commissioners are, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Michael Gusa, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. David Olofu, and that of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mr. Bernard Unenge.

According to the statement, the Special Advisers who have retained their portfolios are those of Development Cooperation, SDGs and NEPAD, Dr Magdalyne Dura, Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Matthew Mnyam, Special Adviser on Gender, Employment and Labour Matters, Chief Ode Enyi, Special Adviser on Government House Administration, Mr. Thomas Anajav, Special Adviser on Media, Information and Communication Technology, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, Special Adviser on Security, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hemba, retired, and Special Adviser on Special Duties, Mr. Joseph Odaudu.

it is being  rumoured that Governor  Ortom and former Governor of Benue  State,  Senator  George Akume are not enjoying the best of  relationship  presently.

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