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Ex-Gov Aliyu Must Refund N2.9bn, Says Niger Govt

Posted: Jun 10, 2015 at 8:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Niger State government has asked former Governor Babangida Aliyu to refund N2.9 billion to the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Ibrahim Dooba, on Wednesday indicated that the money was taken as loan on the eve of Aliyu’s departure from office.

The statement said that although the new administration of Governor Abubakar Bello would not witch-hunt any past leader, “the misappropriated money belongs to the people.”

“They took this loan on the eve of their departure. And as was customary with that administration, they did nothing with the money.

“You can’t collect a loan on behalf of the people and share it among yourselves. That is literally what they did. They simply raised a list and allocated money to those on the list.

“The office of the Secretary to the State Government, for example, was given N600 million. The records did not say what he would do with the money. Well, we want our money back. The money belongs to the people,” the state government said.

The present administration says it has prioritised the needs of the people, and such “looted but recovered funds” would be expended on projects.

“Our people need food, shelter, security, roads, water and so forth. For example, the governor wants to start with the provision of potable water and, in the coming weeks, we’ll provide water at predictable intervals to Nigerlites.

“On the problem of electricity, we have started an arrangement to rent a power plant from overseas to provide regular electricity before a permanent solution is found.

“Also, the Minna-Kataeregi road, Kontagora-Tegina, Minna-Suleja, Bakeko-Katcha, Kaffin-koro, Kuta-Sabon Gari and Maitumbi-Maikunkele roads, among others, are receiving urgent attention,” the state said.