Zamfara govt cries out over missing N37b, accuses predecessor

Zamfara govt cries out over missing N37b, accuses predecessor

- The Zamfara state government has raised an alarm over the disappearance of N37 billion

- The state government disclosed that the money was the refund of the federal government meant for road constructions in the state

- According to the commissioner for finance, Alhaji Rabiu Garba, the fund was misappropriated during the administration of Abdulaziz Yari

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The Zamfara state government has cried out over the whereabouts of the sum of N37 billion, a refund of the federal government for projects completed by the state.

According to Alhaji Rabiu Garba, the state commissioner of Finance, the state government has called for the help of security agencies to begin an investigation in the worrisome issue, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

In his conversation with journalists on Tuesday, September 22, he accused Abdulaziz Yari’s administration of being responsible for the misappropriation of the said fund used for the construction of 14 federal roads in the state.

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Zamfara govt cries out over missing N37b, fingers predecessor
Governor Matawalle and Yari (Photo credit:
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Garba explained:

“We understood that the cost of the verified projects at the Federal Ministry of Works stood at over N37 billion.
“But when we asked for refunds of the said amount, it was confirmed by both the Federal Ministry of Works and the Debt Management Office that the amount had been paid fully.
“On further investigation, we gathered that the money was collected by the Director-General of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and one lady who also worked in the same place on instructions from former Zamfara government."

However, the commissioner assured the people of Zamfara that the administration of Governor Bello Matawalle will do all it takes to recover the loot and use it for the development of the state.

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But Garba's predecessor, Alhaji Muktar Idris, who worked under Yari, dismissed the allegation and claimed that his former principal made use of N60 billion for the projects and was refunded by the federal government upon completion of the roads.

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Meanwhile, reported that Matawalle had given directive for the prompt payment of May salaries to workers in the state.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by the government to the state ministry of finance, mandating that the May salaries be paid so that Muslims can celebrate Eid festival without financial stress.

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