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Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Nyako stole N82bn state funds, Fintiri alleges

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  • No, it’s ploy to gain public acceptance – ex gov

From Umar Dankano, Yola

The Adamawa state acting governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has accused ex-governor Nyako’s administration for plundering the state’s resources to the tune of about N82 billion, saying that he will constitute a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe the past government.

But, in a sharp reaction, Nyako waived the allegation away, saying it is a ploy by the interim government to gain advantage by whipping-up public sentiment.

Hon. Fintiri made the allegation during his maiden broadcast to people of the state in Yola yesterday, stressing that he will not rest on his oars till justice is done on those who stole the state’s resources with impunity.

He added that “Never in the history of Adamawa State had “Executive Stealing” and institutionalized corruption been elevated to the level of statecraft as in the past administration,”

Fintiri, who laments the wanton and brazen theft of the state funds said the high level of mindless plundering of the State’s treasury was even worse than the ravages that the insurgents had perpetrated in the North East.

He said the major task of the administration is to restore sanity in the state in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the state, maintaining that his interim administration inherited a debt profile of more than N12 billion in the statutory revenue account alongside liabilities amounting to N70 billion said to be diverted to non-viable projects.

“The task before this administration is daunting; more so with a debt profile of more than N12b in the Statutory Revenue Account, apart from liabilities amounting to N70bn in the State funds that have been diverted to non-viable projects. The high level of mindless plundering of the State Treasury, the shameless and outrageous “Executive Stealing” that took place was on a scale far worse than the ravages that the Insurgents had perpetrated,” he said.

He disclosed that his administration will do its best to resuscitate the ailing Machinery of Government and to ensure peaceful progress through an irrevocable commitment to correcting the wrongs of the past and to reposition the state for future challenges.

“We have therefore, mapped out strategies to reinvigorate the various sectors of the economy through which dividends of democracy can reach our citizens.

“The Secretary to the state Government shall in due course, inform the world about these scandalous abuses and how the simple canons of Government activities were thrown overboard.”

Fintiri however, noted that his administration would not tolerate mischief makers fraudulent detractors and saboteurs who will be made to face the full wrath of the law while pledging never to accept stagnation of development in the state.

The acting Governor commended the Legislature, Judiciary, Security Agencies and people of Adamawa state for the positive roles they played in bringing about a peaceful change in the state.

“We have mapped out strategies to reinvigorate the various sectors of the economy through which dividends of democracy can reach our citizens. These include giving a new lease of life to the Civil Service and machinery of Government which we have already began.

“A reappraisal of our Health, Education, Infrastructural and social services as well as ensuring economic rejuvenation and provision of equity, justice, fairness and respect for all good and honest citizens,” Fintiri noted.

He called on all citizens of the state to rally round the Government to correct the damage inflicted to the economy, democracy for the benefits of ‘’unity in diversity” saying that he was confident that with the resolve, determination and love for Adamawa State, the people shall triumph adding that posterity will judge his actions in bringing succor to the people.

According to Nyako’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Sajoh, “The interim government is behaving like coup-plotters, which is exactly what they did. The impeachment process, in the first place was undemocratic”.

He added that people reel out unsubstantiated bold figures only to gain advantage. It is not true, because Nyako did not earn that money as governor. “Why didn’t the Assembly members identify this missing money during their oversight function and had to wait until after their coup? So, good luck to them”, he said.

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