A coalition of 25 pressure groups under the aegis of United Middle Belt Professionals (UMBP) has alleged that politicians in Benue State conniving with local government officials have been stealing salaries of dead pensioners.
They also claimed that its independent investigation has shown that 75 percent of civil servants in Benue State “do not go to office until the day they would receive salaries.”
The UMBP in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Abel Azege and Public Relations Officer, Elder Joshua Aker, said Governor Samuel Ortom should be bold to confront the menace of ghost workers by using biometrics to pay salaries.
The statement reads: “The people of Benue State should see the need to support Governor Samuel Ortom to be able to address the numerous challenges including the issue of civil servants and some of the past politicians have been plundering the state and are bent on milking it dry.
“All these are making it impossible for the governor to pay salaries. The problem of non-payment of salaries is not the fault of the governor. The civil servants in Benue state must also look inwards and stop all these nonsense wastage.
“What people don’t know is that some of the people who call themselves politicians now have a trade mark. They have a list with which they collect salaries from Local Governments and if this trend continues. Benue state will never move forward.
“Examples abound; we now have a case under investigation; a man lost his brother so many years ago. But for over 10 years his children have been receiving half pensions. While somebody in the LG has been taking half, the family of the deceased are taking the other half. This is being done with the connivance of some LG officials.