Govs-Elect Raise Eyebrow Over Incumbents’ Last-Minute Contracts, Appointments

Last-minute contract awards and other actions being taken by some incumbent governors, who are expected to vacate office by May 29, are creating concerns in the affected states, Daily Trust on Sunday reports.

While returning governors and freshly elected ones promised better deals to citizens when they recently received their certificates of return, there are fears that incoming chief executives would inherit huge contractual liabilities from their predecessors.

In Benue State, for instance, the recent disclosure by Governor Samuel Ortom outgoing administration that it has secured approval license from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) to construct a Civil Aviation Airport in Makurdi, the state capital, has raised questions.

The Commissioner of Information, Tourism, and Culture in the state, Mike Inalegwu, made the disclosure at the Government House in Makurdi while briefing journalists at the end of the State Executive Council meeting.

Inalegwu said the foundation laying ceremony for the airport had been scheduled for this week at Kura village, along Naka road, about 12 kilometres away from Makurdi metropolis.

“The next administration can equally continue with the project, but the good news is that this administration pressed for the approval of this airport and got it,” Inalegwu said.

Similarly, the Ortom government recently announced the employment of 2,000 teachers. The administration had been accused of non-payment of workers’ salaries running into months.

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