Benue RAAMP investigates 1.5bn counterpart fund missing under ex-gov Ortom

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Benue State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP, has disclosed that it has commenced investigation into the 1.5billion naira released to his predecessor as counterpart funding by the immediate past administration following public outcry alleging misappropriation.

State project coordinator, RAAMP, Stephen Numbeve who disclosed this during a chat with journalists in Makurdi, said the move has become necessary to unravel the circumstances surrounding expenditure of the alleged amount, arguing that what has happened previously is not in line with the mode of operation of the office which is a joint project with the World Bank, European Development, African Agricultural and the French Banks working in collaboration with the Benue State Government.

He further explained that the international partners funding the project only released funds when benefitting state provide counterpart, stating that investigations conducted had revealed that the immediate past administration actually played its role by providing 1.5 billion which his predecessor allegedly failed to to pay to the international partners; a development that hindered the World Bank from playing their own part by releasing more funds.

Numbeve equally disclosed that though there was no evidence of funds released from either the World Bank or any other partner, his predecessor constructed one road in Guma and three others, each in the three senatorial districts of the state, insisting that it became evidently clear that his predecessor did not hand over the counterpart funds provided by the state government to pursue more funds, instead used the counterpart funds released by the state to construct the roads, a development he described as sharp deviation from the mode of operation of the project.

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