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Ortom sanctions LG chairman over missing N40m

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has directed the probe of newly appointed Caretaker Chairman of Gwer Local Government Council, Mr. Godwin Uzuku, for the alleged misappropriation of over N40 million.

Vanguard learned that the missing money was part of the N68 million monthly allocation to the council for the payment of local government staff salaries and overhead.

Speaking to reporters on the issue yesterday in Makurdi, Governor Ortom said the embattled council chairman was specifically directed to pay the July salaries of workers, adding that he defied the order.

The governor said: “He only utilized N28 million of the N68m allocation for the month of July to pay workers’ salaries because he fell back to a payment voucher of 2011, when the N18,000 minimum wage was not being implemented.

“When we got wind of what he did, we asked him of the balance of N40 million and he could not explain the where about of the money. I issued him a query which he answered.

“The matter has been referred to the Benue State House of Assembly, though we have also recommended sanctions because he could not provide answers to questions put before him and also completely disregarded our directives on the payment of salaries.’’

The governor, who urged members of the public to blow the whistle whenever there was suspicion of fraud in any sector of the state, said he would continue to run a government that was anchored on core values of transparency, accountability, probity and due process.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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