ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT: Suswam warns Ortom over recent comments

Former Benue state Governor and Senatorial candidate under the PDP, Gabriel Suswam has warned his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom over comments made recently concerning illegal employment of workers.

Governor Ortom in a phone-in programme which was broadcasted live on radio yesterday said Suswam made some illegal employments in 2011, a statement that Suswam has not taken in good faith.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Bede Bartholomew, Suswam said the Governor’s comments were unfortunate considering that as a governor, he should have known better.

He challenged the Governor saying if the appointments were made illegally, he wouldn’t have been making frantic efforts to reabsorbing the victims back into the State Service since he returned to the PDP.

However, Governor Ortom in a swift response through his media aide, Mr Tahav Agerzua dismissed Suswam’s comments, describing them as baseless.

“The statement from one Bede Bartholomew purporting to be speaking for the former Governor is therefore, misleading, mischievous, baseless and false.

“Even though he said the 2011 employments were illegal, he never mentioned the name of Gabriel Suswam.

“Governor Ortom did explain that local government staff employed in 2011 had problems because their appointments were illegally made.

“He neither mentioned the name of his predecessor nor attributed the employments to him.” The statement read.

Recall that on assumption of office in 2015, Governor Ortom terminated the appointments of thousands of local government employees employed by his predecessor, Suswam, saying they were employed illegally.

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