Makurdi — The Benue State government has constituted a seven-man visitation panel to the Benue State University (BSU) to probe the institution's workforce as well as its wage bill.
Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier announced his administration's intention to reduce the state's monthly wage bill from N7.8 billion to N4.5 billion to redress the ranking of the state as the one with the third highest wage bill in the country.
Ortom who was yesterday represented by his Deputy and Chairman salaries verification committee, Engr. Benson Abounu, at the inauguration of the panel, said the government had in the last few months been working tirelessly to establish the true wage bill of the state to enable it pay salaries regularly.
"We are making progress in that direction which will ensure that the issue of backlog of unpaid salaries is put to rest in no distant time. I also urge you to come out with suggestions on any other issues that would strengthen the university to help the institution realize its objectives," he said.
He further explained that the panel would be ascertaining the in and outflow of finances in the institution by auditing the university's payroll in the last three years to ascertain the actual burden, the current expenditure liabilities and suggest any sustainable measure to ensure timely payment of salaries.
In his response, the Chairman of the panel, Chief Tony Egwu, assured that members would justify the confidence reposed in them by diligently carrying out the assignment in line with the policies of the administration.
Other members of the panel include Prof. Emmanuel Apedzan, Prof. Alamveabee Idyorough, Mr. Timothy Dim, Raphael Ogah, Mrs. Kukase Garuba and Mr. Bem Amenger who would serve as secretary.
The panel has three weeks to complete the assignment.