Nasarawa State government has sharply risen to defend allegations levelled against it by the State House of Assembly Ad hoc Committee on Joint Local Government Account of N2 billion fraud involving local government funds and other sensitive issues of public interest.
In a press briefing yesterday in Lafia addressed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulhamid Kwarra, said government was disturbed by series of contentious issues reported widely in National Dailies which generated intense public interest prompting the government to seek ways of setting the record straight.
Hon. Kwarra pointed out that the State House of Assembly penultimate week accused the Ministry for Local Government of not accounting for over N2 billion out of the over N27 billion received from June 2011 to April 2012.
It was however revealed that the House of Assembly Ad hoc Committee did not discuss their findings or any financial irregularity with the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for the purposes of clarification before making their report a public matter.
This act the state government considers mischievous aimed at blackmailing the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) led government of Umaru Tanko Almakura by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled State House of Assembly.
He stressed further that, “as far as Government is concerned with regard to the allegation of N2 billion unaccounted Local Government Joint Account funds, no such monies is missing or that needs to be accounted for”.
While reacting to the resolution of the House asking Governor Almakura to re-instate the deposed Provost and management staff of College of Education, Akwanga, over allegation of misappropriation of N25 million naira loan secured for the completion of the ICT Centre and the school library, Hon. Kwarra noted that government was not going back on the suspension.
He said: “Government wish to reiterate its earlier suspension order, which shall continue to be enforced on the suspended management. Meanwhile, government is studying the House Resolution and will exercise its discretion at the appropriate time”.