By Tony Okechukwu
In line with his resolve to ensure accountability in public service, Governor Samuel Ortom has reaffirmed the decision of the Benue State Government to prosecute any government official found to be involved in corruption.
He stated this on Tuesday at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, while swearing in the Chairman and Commissioners of Local Government Service Commission, as well as a member of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, BSIEC.
The Governor, who also inaugurated the Benue State Planning Commission with him as Chairman and his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, as Alternate Chairman, charged government appointees to be transparent in their official conduct. He stressed that only transparency could make public officials free from prosecution when they leave office.
He cautioned public officers who indulge in sharp practices to turn a new leaf or face consequences of their actions.
Governor Ortom charged the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission to work tirelessly to produce the authentic staff list at the third tier of government, in order to eliminate ghost names from the payroll and pave way for greater employment opportunities.
Responding on behalf of the Local Government Service Commission, its Chairman, Dr. Bem Melladu, thanked the Governor for the responsibility given them, promising that they would work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in him and the other members.