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Ward Devt Projects: APC asks Gov Aliyu to account for N13.4b

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 8:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie – Snr Correspondent, Minna


The All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on Governor Babangida Aliyu to account for the N13, 426, 000, 000 funds he deducted and failed to release to the state’s Ward Development Project (WDP) Committee from 2010 till date, before he can seek forgiveness from Nigerlites.

The amount, the party said was contained in Gazette vol. 13 in Niger State legal notice no. 24 of 2009 as amended in vol. 16 Niger State Legal  Notice No. 4, 2012, adding that in 2010 alone, the sum of N1, 644, 000, 000 was deducted and not remitted to the 247 wards.

Meanwhile, Niger State government has denied allegations of financial recklessness by the APC, insisting that the Ward Development Projects (WDP) funds was judiciously utilized for the targeted audience, just as it cautioned the party against rushing to the press without substantiating claims.

Describing claims of financial reckless as shallow but sensitive to speculate, the Governor in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije said the WDP funds are intact, well utilized and records of disbursements towards grassroots based projects are available for public scrutiny.

While expressing satisfaction over Niger APC conceding bond projects were people based, the Governor expressed regrets that the party has gone beyond battle of political primacy to personal attack on Governor Aliyu, a development he said is uncalled for.

Expressing dismay at the way and manner the Niger APC is going about its victory at the polls, saying against the gentility of the President-elect Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, the APC in Niger state have refused to be magnanimous in victory but have continued to embark on politics of bitterness.

“Allegation against Governor Aliyu on the WDP funds is false because every single Kobo set aside for the laudable project is accounted for. The WDP initiative has received international recommendations. The World Bank has indicated interest and since partnered with Niger State government”.