Benue Exco members have been alleged to share N100 million security vote as severance package, while their personal aides received nothing.
Report has it that the over 300 aides to the immediate past governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, are seriously grumbling over non-remittance of appropriate severance packages to them.
The Guardian through Benue State Government House sources gathered that the most hit were Suswam’s Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and the 23 local council’s Gubernatorial Liaising Officers (GLOs).
Apart from the denial, the state government has not paid them their monthly salaries for some months. The report added that the former governor usually attributed the non-payment of salaries to paucity of funds occasioned by the global economic melt down on the prices of oil in the world market.
Angered by the denial and non-payment of salaries, Suswam’s PAs, SAs and SSAs, stormed the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) barricaded the place, demanding for the payment of all their entitlements, even as they threatened to go to court.
As the situation was going out of hand, the immediate past governor, Suswam, remitted part of what supposed to be part of his share to be paid to the outgoing commissioners and special advisers as surveillance allowances.
Suswam was quoted as telling the Exco members that: “the financial crisis could not afford me to give severance to all my out going political appointees. This had even compel me to convert this last month in office security votes to the payment of severance to members of the state executive council, who had given me maximum cooperation to ensure that I succeed in office. “