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Ortom defends why he lavished millions on cars for LG bosses despite owing N115bn

Written By Idoma Television on Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 12:18:00 AM

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has has explained why he lavished millions on naira on cars for LG Chairmen despite the debt profile of the state.

IDOMA VOICE reports that 23 LG Caretaker Chairmen were presented with 2015 Toyota Camry Sedan vehicles and that hasn’t gone well with sections of the public who feel the funds would have been used for other purposes.
In a statement released through his Special Adviser for Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, the Governor said that his actions were according to the law and in the light of the prevailing circumstances.

Read full statement below:
I have seen comments on the social and other media platforms condemning the provision of vehicles to transition council chairmen in the state.
While we wish to appreciate these comments as useful feedback, there is the need for me to explain why the exercise was carried out.

According to the Benue State Local Government Establishment Law 2010 as amended, local government chairmen are entitled to two official cars.
The prevailing economic situation in the state has however, constrained us to provide them with just one at the moment.

Other council officials also entitled to official vehicles are on the waiting list.
It must be noted that these are official vehicles meant to facilitate and enhance the work of the chairmen who have serious duties that require mobility to perform.
Part of these duties include tackling of security challenges that require prompt response.
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