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Benue Governor Samuel Ortom

The Forum of Councillors in Benue State has threatened legal action against the state government over non-payment of entitlements, Concise News reports.

This online news medium understands that the councillors are also complaining about illegal deductions from their monthly payment.

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It was gathered by this news platform that the Benue State councillors are fighting for full payment of their salaries, severance allowances and other benefits before the end of their tenure on June 3, 2019.

A peace meeting summoned by the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (BLGCA) in the state with members of the forum in Makurdi on Tuesday ended in deadlock.

“Since we assumed office, the state government has been paying some of our members N130,000 and others N150,000 monthly, but without cogent explanation,” the Chairman of the forum, Dan Attai, said after the meeting:

“It means some councillors were being favoured more than others, and up to the time of the meeting (yesterday), the state government did not disclose the reason for the disparity in payment.”

According to The Guardian sources, the Special Adviser to BLGCA Jerome Torshimbe, had called on the councillors to give the government some time as it has spent a lot of money in the 2019 election.

The source added that the state government had planned to sack the elected council chairmen and councillors and replace them with Directors-General Services and Administration (DGSAs) of the various councils.

However, the anonymous source noted that the decision was rescinded when the government realised that it might start another face-off with the councillors.