5 months to handing over, Shema’s govt squandered N26bn - Katsina SSG

5 months to handing over, Shema’s govt squandered N26bn - Katsina SSG

- Katsina state government has accused the immediate past government of squandering billions of naira before handing over

- The statement government says its predecessor, Ibrahim Shema-led government squandered N26 billion five months before handing over in May 2015

- It says virtually nothing was inherited from the previous government compared with the huge amount of money that was available five months before assuming power

Former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema, has been accused by the Aminu Masari-led government of squandering N26 billion five months to handing over in May 29, 2015.

Vanguard reports that the allegation was made through the secretary to the state government, Mustapha Inuwa, when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), northwest zone, visited him in his office

NAIJ.com gathers that Inuwa stated that the previous administration squandered N26 billion between January and May, 2015.

“Virtually nothing was inherited from the previous government compared with the huge amount of money that was available five months before our taking over. By December 2014, it is on record in all the various accounts of the state government, there was over N30 billion in different accounts.

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“But by the time we took over in May 29, we were left with just about N4 billion. N26 billion has been squandered between January and May. And it is common knowledge to all of us that the resources most of the state governments rely on that is from the federation account and has gone down by the time we came; the price of crude oil had fallen.

“Despite that, the state government has done a lot in all aspects of life particularly in our priority areas of education, health, agriculture and water resources.”

Reacting to the allegations, ex-chief of staff during the previous administration and current Katsina state chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Salisu Majigiri, says: “Why are they making new and fresh allegations when the case is before the court?

“We challenge them to publish the state and local government account as of May 29, 2015. We left N14 billion in the account.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a former Katsina state governor, Dr Ibrahim Shema accused his successor, Governor Aminu Masari, of masterminding his ‘abduction’ by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC operatives on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, besieged the premises of the Katsina High Court where they picked the former governor up.

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