Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today charged auditors from the office of the Auditor General of the State to blow the whistle if they see any fishy deal anywhere including his office.
He also vowed that no amount of intimidation would make his administration to pay those he described as crooks whose names have been put on payment vouchers of local governments.
Governor Ortom gave the charge when he received the management team from the Auditor General’s office led by the acting auditor general of the state, Mr.Mkena Humbe, at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.
He reiterated the determination of his administration to be prudent in managing the financial resources of the State, stressing the need for government departments and appointees to submit themselves for scrutiny.
He directed the acting Auditor General and his staff to ensure that their needs were captured in next year’s budget, adding that if they compromised their responsibilities he would engage independent auditors to scrutinize them for possible sanctions if found wanting.
Governor Ortom who noted that some individuals who had put fictitious names of vouchers were instigating protests over bailout funds disbursement and vowed that no amount of intimidation would deter his administration from verifying the authenticity of those suspected to be ghost workers.
He stated however, that those with genuine complaints were being treated by the bailout committee and that their entitlements would be paid to the letter.
Governor Ortom commended the acting Auditor General and his team for taking note of the fact that the administration was passing through hard times and needed cooperation and sacrifice from all to succeed.
Earlier, the State acting Auditor General, Mr. Humbe, said their visit to the Governor was to present to him challenges hindering their smooth operation ranging from logistics, manpower and funding.
He noted that Governor Ortom was the first state executive to give attention to the State Audit Department and commended him for the gesture and appealed for adequate budgetary provision to enable them perform optimally.