The Benue State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused the incumbent Governor, Samuel Ortom of mortgaging the future of the state with mortgage loans.
APC on Wednesday thus called on the Debt Management Office and other relevant agencies to henceforth check loans being obtained by the State governor, especially after a recent approval by the State Assembly for him to take a new N12bn loan.
According to Chairman of Benue APC, Kula Terso who made the claims in a statement issued in Makurdi, Ortom had consistently taken loans to the tune of N69 billion with nothing on ground to show for the loan.
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“Meanwhile federal allocation has significantly improved leading to bumper harvest by the state at the monthly FAAC.
“Yet, the governor takes another N12billion naira loan for ‘projects’? Terso added
Terso also noted that in spite of the loans taken by the Ortom administration, the government, he added was still owing pension and gratuity amounting to N66billion, State and Local Government salary arrears to the tune of N50 billion.
“Our fear is what is going to happen to Benue children.
“This is the reason we are calling on the Security and Exchange Commission, Debt Management Office and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to intervene and save the future of Benue people from being mortgaged.
“Let all the agencies step in so as to stop the new N12 billion loan or else we are doomed,” Terso lamented.