Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday sacked two General Managers heading sensitive agencies in the state.
They included the General Manager of the State Environmental Sanitation Authority, Mr. Andrew Chile and that of the State Water Board, Mr. Michael Dzungu. Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase, said the governor sacked the duo for lack of competence.
The governor directed the two General Managers to immediately hand over to the next most senior officers in their agencies, saying his administration would only uphold competence.
Also, Ortom yesterday took a swipe at his political appointees in his first tenure, accusing them of building mansions just as they deceived electorate that there was no money in government. He, however, vowed not to appoint “roving Advisers” in his new cabinet due to be made public soon.
The governor disclosed this during an expanded stakeholders meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) held at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.
Ortom said such appointees were not trustworthy and only contributed successfully to the collapse of his administration rather than work for its success, reiterating his readiness to keep an eagle eye on ‘technocrats’ that would make his new cabinet’s list to ensure that they work within their limits, adding that those that would perform below expectation would be relieved of their appointment.
According to him, 15 commissioners and 23 Special Advisers would be appointed in the new administration with each of the 23 local government areas producing one Adviser, saying “only excellence and top level commitment will be expected from the new appointees.”