Plateau: Governor Lalong tackles Dalung over alleged $350m AfDB loan

Plateau: Governor Lalong tackles Dalung over alleged $350m AfDB loan

- Governor Lalong has called out an ex-minister Simon Dalong over the latter allegation against the Plateau government

- Dalung was alleged to have accused Lalong of squandering $350 million loan

- According to the state governor, Dalung achieved nothing as a minister

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For making a serious allegation against the Plateau state government under the leadership of Governor Simon Lalong, former minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has been berated by the government.

Dalung had alleged that the governor squandered $350 million loan from African Development Bank (AfDB) for the development of the state’s potato value chain.

He made the allegation while speaking in a webinar convened by ViewPointNigeria. He said that loan worth huge sums of money were approved by the FG and no single infrastructure for potato could be verified in the state.

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According to The Guardian, Dalung had earlier accused Lalong of misleading President Muhammadu Buhari to commission a flyover built by former governor Jonah Jang as his own project, describing it as disgusting.

Meanwhile, Governor Lalong has described Dalung’s attack as unfortunate. He said as a minister, Dalung achieved nothing.

He said this in a statement by the commissioner for information, Dan Manjang.

“Though Plateau State benefited from a loan facility from AfDB, it is rather sad that someone who claims to be part of the approval of the facility does not know the amount of the loan. This has aptly put a lie to his desperate attempt to take glory for the transaction that he knows little to nothing about.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Akinwumi Adesina reacted to his reelection as the president of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), with the former minister describing his victory as another historical clarion call to serve.

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Legit.ng recalled that Adesina was re-elected for a second 5-year term as the president of AfDB barely a month after he was exonerated of allegations of corruption by a special panel.

As a sole candidate for the multilateral lender, Akinwumi was re-elected by the bank's Board of Governors at the AfDB virtual 55th annual meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday, August 27.

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