The outgoing Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has admitted that he is leaving behind a debt profile of N9.2bn for the incoming administration of Mr. Samuel Ortom.
Suswam made this known on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Makurdi after presenting his handover notes to Ortom.
He said, “I am leaving behind a total debt profile of N9.2bn for the incoming administration.”
MSuswam pleaded with the citizens of the state in particular, and Nigerians in general, to forgive him for some of the decisions he might have taken that were contrary to their wishes.
The outgoing governor also expressed regret that he was unable to take the state to a greater heights in his eight years as a governor.
“Surely, we did not take Benue State to a greater height but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t do our part as a government,” he declared.
Regardless, he maintained that he felt he was a fulfilled man having provided the needed platform for the incoming administration to thrive.
Mr. Suswam urged the media to extend goodwill to the incoming administration both at the state and federal levels.
The outgoing governor also revealed that he had instructed his lawyers to withdraw a suit he earlier instituted against Senator Barnabas Gemade at the election petition tribunal.
He had sought to represent Benue North-East Senatorial District at the Senate but failed during the general elections.