By Onome Oraka
Governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan on Sunday asked for the forgiveness of the civil servants in the state for his inability to pay their salaries for many months.
Suswan who made his plea at the inter-denominational valedictory service organized for him at the Chapel of Grace, Government House in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, regretted his inability to actualize his good intentions due to the economic challenges in the country.
He said, “Please forgive me for my inability to meet up with your expectations as the governor of Benue State.
“But always remember that I had good intentions for civil servants in the state as shown in the 100 per cent salary increment I approved when I took over in 2007.
“It is not my making to owe staff salaries but due to the economic challenges in the country, I have no option but to leave behind a lot of challenges for the new government.
“However, when the new governor takes over, you will clearly understand that the financial challenge does not end with me.”
Suswan also pleaded for the forgiveness of his family members for the actions and inactions he took against their will, saying that it was necessary for him to carry out his duties as governor of the state.
Suswam appreciated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the opportunity provided him to actualize his political ambition first as a senator in the House of Representatives, then as the Governor of Benue state.
He also appreciated the states’ legislature and judiciary for co-operating with him for the development of the state.
Suswan said that media publications that the PDP lost the elections due to bad leadership were false, insisting that it was a natural phenomenon for a party to rest after 16 years in power. He also commended his deputy and the government house staff for their loyalty and support throughout his tenure as governor of the state.