Benue Govt denies N10 loan, blames opposition

Benue state government has denied reports of intention to secure N10 billion loan for the purpose of paying the backlog of salaries and pensions owed workers and retirees respectively.
In a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, the government asked the public to disregard the news saying it emanated from the opposition.

“We urge the people of Benue State and other Nigerians to disregard the report being circulated by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC that the Benue State Government is seeking approval from the House of Assembly to enable it access a N10 billion loan.

“The State Government has not made such a move and it does not intend to take a N10 billion loan, contrary to the report.

“We reassure the good people of Benue State that the government has met all requirements set by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the recently recalled Paris Club refund will soon be returned to the state for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.

“Governor Ortom remains focused on the task of delivering good governance to Benue people and will not be distracted by the torrent of lies and organised smear campaign against him by enemies of the state.” The statement read in part.

Benue state government is owing civil servants over 10 months salaries and over 40 months pensions.

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