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(OPINION) Governor Ortom and the heavy burden of 100 days By Bemgba Iortyom.

Written By Idoma Television on Friday, August 21, 2015 | 6:45:00 AM

* Increases Cost of Governance Astronomically. * Spends Billions on Purchase of Cars for Govt. Officials.
* Yet to Unveil Developmental Blueprint.


The first 100 days has come to represent a conventional mark in assessing the take-off and performance of administrations in Nigeria, and Benue State is no exception.

As the state's governor, Samuel Ortom, approaches his first 100 days in office, there is growing apprehension that his administration may have already derailing from the course of the change which his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), promised the people during campaigns at the last elections.

The governor is fast acquiring a reputation for being excessively extravagant with the expenditure of scarce state funds and is adjudged by many to be insensitive to the plight of the ordinary people, considering the dwindling revenues accruing to the state.

Within a span of just over two months the Ortom's administration has taken and expended a loan of N10 billion, out of which, according to official reports, a staggering N2.5 billion was used for the purchase of cars and take-off of the administration.

The state Assembly also last month passed a supplementary budget to the tune of N13.9 billion for the administration out of which a whooping N3 billion is set aside for miscellaneous purposes, while there are further provisions made running into hundreds of millions within the budget for purchase of cars.

The administration's extravagance is further highlighted by the exotic and highly expensive cars it is purchasing for the use of its functionaries, with local government caretaker chairman already having been given top-of-the-line Toyota Camry cars worth, according to official figures, N4.7 million each.

Unconfirmed reports have it that other categories of the administration's functionaries like commissioners and special advisers are also in line to be given very expensive cars, probably of a category higher than that given to the caretaker chairmen, while members of the state Assembly are also not to be left out.

There are also reports of top functionaries of the administration already busy acquiring and developing landed properties across the state in a hurried manner, giving the impression of a new order of things which is paying handsome dividends to those in power while the wellbeing of the ordinary people is being neglected.

If things continue the way they are going, Gov. Ortom's first 100 days in office will be marked largely by administrative extravagance and opulence, without a yet to be identified course of action for the development of the state, as the governor so far has not even unveiled a developmental blueprint to the people

Such a development portends a betrayal of the 'change' which was so loudly professed during the campaigns at the last elections, with promises made to uphold the wellbeing of the ordinary citizens as a priority above the greed and narrowed interests of the leadership elite.
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