From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Following the quarrel over alleged missing N70 billion Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) fund among the lawmakers of the Plateau State House of Assembly, the House yesterday asked the Committee on Public Accounts to start investigation of the accusation.
It would be recalled that a petition against the Plateau state governor, Jonah David Jang was recently brought before the State House of Assembly for investigation.
The House Speaker, Hon. Titus Alam, in a plenary session said the petition brought before the house by Plateau Patriotic Front (PPF), over the missing 70 billion Naira SURE-P funds would surely be investigated with rapt attention, assuring that no influence would make the house to stop the investigation.
He said, “No one in the House is saying the matter will not be look into; but what
we are saying is that let the appropriate thing be done. The petition was circulated, it was on the internet, everybody have read it; so it is not a hidden thing”.
Also in the plenary, the Minority Leader in the House, Hon. Wakdung Abbas, said, “The petitioners have alleged that 129 Hi-lux Vehicles were purchased at inflated cost, that the Governor has illegally and forcefully deducted monies from the 17 local government councils on the guise of constructing 5 kilometre roads and that the Chairmen were forced to write cheques of N400 million for the award of same contracts.
“There was an illegal collection of loans from banks, purchased of governor’s convoy vehicle. Others are N80 billion bond and loan scam; mismanagement of N8bn water loan as well as extra-budgetary spending and inflated contract scam among others”, he added