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APC, PDP Bicker Over Niger’s Debt Profile

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 8:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie,  Minna


The eight years administration of Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has brought development to the state, as it would be remembered as a purposeful, goal-oriented government, with traceable developmental initiatives across the state.

This claim was contained in a press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Israel Ebije, in reaction to allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the out-going administration is leaving the state with a huge debt burden.

The APC, in a statement signed by the state chapter chairman, Jibrin Mohammed Imam, said Aliyu had in 2007 told the people of the state that he inherited an empty treasury, “now we demand that he tells Nigerlites how much he would be handing over to the APC administration by May 29, 2015.”

“We expect Governor Aliyu, who said the previous government he took over from was not prudent with the management of resources, to be bold enough to tell the people how prudent his administration has been in the management of state resources between 2007 and date,” the APC said.

Imam argued that, in the spirit of accountability and transparency, the outgoing government ought to have been operating in the past eight years a public account of what he got over the years from the federation account, internally generated revenue (IGR), capital receipts and from other sources.

According to him, “The government we know then claimed that it inherited lots of liabilities, so in the same vein we are expecting the governor to tell Nigerlites the debt profile of the state as he will be handing over by May 29, 2015”.

“Government operates a simple budget flow of revenue receipts and expenditures with four steps of preparation, authorisation, execution and audit; so in the spirit of transparency, we in APC, for avoidance of doubt, want the outgoing PDP government to let the people of the state know the financial statement it is leaving behind”.

Accusing the outgoing government of trying to set traps for the incoming APC government, the party chairman said, “A situation where a booby trap is set for the incoming government of the APC to cover up for the misdeeds of the government over the past 8 years will not be tolerated, the public lobbying of the public as a continuous process by the Chief Servant is not enough to sway the APC government to put the records straight”.