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Ortom Demands For Probe Of RUGA

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Zainab Sanni

 

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the contracts awarded for the establishment of the RUGA settlements project across the country.

Ortom made this call while receiving the new leadership of the Mzough-U-Tiv socio-cultural Organisation led by its President General, Comptroller of Prisons (CP) rtd at the Government House in Makurdi.

Ortom alleged that some contractors had collected the money without executing such project.

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The Governor who explained that the Federal Government allocated the sum of N2.25 billion for the RUGA project in the 2019 budget asked what had been done with the money.

“We understand that contracts were given overnight and money paid to contractors for RUGA in the country. Where is the money,” he said.

Ortom also lamented the manner in which cattle have flooded the Federal Capital Territory

He added; “It is a disgrace that people have to stop for cattle to pass even in Abuja. We will not allow people breaching our laws here in Benue because we have a law against open grazing. We have arrested over 9000 cattle and about 130 people have been convicted.”

He restated his commitment to supporting all the three socio-cultural organisations in the state to contribute their quota towards the development of the state.

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