May 18, 2024

Justice Taiwo, Ochoga, Tor Others To Chair Two Probe Commission In Benue

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By Simeon OSAJIE

The Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia, has embarked on a significant endeavour towards accountability and transparency by inaugurating two judicial commission of inquiries in the state.

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The inauguration ceremony took place on Monday, February 26th, 2024, at the Old Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi.

Governor Alia, in his charge to the appointed members, emphasized the gravity of their duties and urged them to execute their responsibilities diligently, with the aim of fostering good governance and serving the best interests of the people of Benue State. He set a timeline for the submission of their reports, expecting comprehensive findings within six months.

Chaired by Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo (Rtd), the first commission, according to the Governor, is entrusted with the task of delving into the financial intricacies of the Benue State Government. Their ambit spans from May 29th, 2015, to May 28th, 2023, encompassing an exhaustive examination of income, expenditure, bank transactions, loans, waivers, special interventions, internally generated revenue, cases of misappropriation, contracts, wage bills, and the identification of ghost workers who were enlisted on government payroll.

The committee, comprising individuals of high integrity such as Chief John AA Ochoga, Henry Tor, Tom Uja, Odeh Igbabe Nicke, Iorpenda Tanguhwar, Terfa Gbande, Government Counsel, Barr. Ajinge Saa, and Dr. Abraham Gberindyer as Secretary, is poised to uncover any irregularities and recommend appropriate actions for the betterment of governance and the populace.

Simultaneously, the second commission, led by the venerable Hon. Justice Apollos Paul Idi (Rtd), is tasked with scrutinizing the sale/lease of government assets, companies, and markets, both at the state and local government levels, spanning the same timeframe.

Their responsibilities encompass identifying properties, companies, markets sold or leased, determining their correct value and status, assessing buyers/lessees, evaluating transaction values, ensuring compliance with due process, and identifying moribund state companies.

With a team consisting of Clement Nenge Beetseh, John Oga, Hon. Terungwa Azende, Hon. Abraham Atotse, Victor Nyamtamen, Esq., and John Edigbo as Secretary, this commission is committed to shedding light on any discrepancies and providing recommendations for corrective measures.

Responding on behalf of their members, the chairmen of the commissions, Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo (Rrd) and Hon. Justice Apollos Paul Idi (Rtd), expressed gratitude to Governor Alia for entrusting them with these vital assignments.

They pledged to uphold the oath of allegiance they have sworn and assured their dedication to working for the general interest of the people of Benue State.

The constitution of these judicial commissions underscores the commitment of Reverend Father Hyacinth Iormem Alia to transparency, accountability, and good governance. It marks a significant step towards ensuring that public funds and assets are managed judiciously, with the welfare of the Benue people at the forefront.

As these commissions commence their investigations, the people of Benue State eagerly await their findings, anticipating a brighter future founded on integrity and probity in governance.

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