Agaju Madugba, Kaduna
The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus in the Kaduna state House of Assembly has accused outgoing Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of a plot to defraud government of the sum of N2.744 billion, 13 days to the end of his administration. Addressing a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, the caucus described as “an act of last minute looting,” Yero’s decision appropriate the money which represents the 2014 Sure-P funds for the 24 local government areas.
The House Deputy Minority Leader, Dr. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, who spoke at the briefing, said it was also an act of criminality for the Governor to cede 50 per cent of the money for road projects. Shagali said the request submitted by Yero to the House earlier in the week was improper and violated laid down regulations regarding the Sure-P funds. Moreover, according to Shagali, the fund in question has already been indicated in the handing over notes of the outgoing government.
The APC warned that if the House approves the request, “there is no how a local government council can judiciously execute any meaningful project within two weeks considering the fact that diligent due process and financial regulations have to be followed. “Even though an attempt was made to discuss the issue and pass it, a resolution was made during an executive session that the fund should not be appropriated and disbursed. “We, the concerned members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, hereby wish to state categorically that we are not party and will not be party to such financial recklessness an disassociate ourselves from the move.”