Immediate past governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam has said that people of the state are beginning to miss him following failed promises under Governor Samuel Ortom.
Suswam said this while speaking at at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting recently in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. He also lamented the poor condition of civil servants in the state.
He stated that the economic downturn began eight months to the end of his second tenure but he was able to pay over four months salaries during that period, saying the present administration had been receiving monthly allocation and generating internal revenue (IGR) for the past six months, but had not been able to pay salaries.
“As the governor for eight years, I owed salaries for four months because the economy was not good at my last eight months and when I explained to my people, the APC told them I was lying and promised Benue people during campaign that they will be paying salaries on 25th of every month but from information I gathered, for the last six months, salaries have not been paid, even though monthly allocations have been coming with an IGR of over N1.5billion monthly. Can our people now differentiate?” Suswam asked.