Fraud: Ortom Summons Two Former Appointees

Two former Chairmen of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB Dr. Philip Tachin and Reverend Emmanuel Aper have been summoned by the state Government to explain financial irregularities that took place at the board during their tenure.

Governor Samuel Ortom who gave the directive for the former chairmen to be summoned after receiving an interim report from the committee set up to reposition the board also directed that all accountants and other critical staff should also appear.

Governor Ortom decried the rot at SUBEB and expressed shock at some of the findings of the committee one of which was that the board gave him twenty computers out of the hundred that were donated by UBEC, saying he was hearing of that for the first time.

The Governor stated that the explanation given by the former chairmen and other indicted by the interim report when it is extensively analysed would determine whether they will be handed over to the EFCC and made to pay all the monies they have misappropriated.

He directed the Chairman of the committee, Professor Denis Ityavyar who is the commissioner for education to ensure that the store at the board and other offices where there are critical files should be placed under lock and key until the report is discussed.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee to reposition the SUBEB, Professor Ityavyar said it uncovered several cases of fraud at the board which include salary and contract padding, non disengagement of staff due for retirement among other fraudulent practices.

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Radio Nigeria, Harvest FM

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