Kaduna State House of Assembly, KDSHA, yesterday, alleged dubious transactions involving the state's share of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, including the reported missing N560 million from the fund.
The state Governor, Alhaji Muktar Yero was the Chairman of the SURE-P programme in 2012 when the money was reportedly declared missing.
As the then Deputy Governor, he served as the chairman up till December 15, 2012 when he took over power following the demise of his principal, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.
Suspension of SURE-P activities
Following this development, the KDSHA in a unanimous vote, yesterday, suspended the SURE-P and its activities in the state, after passing a vote of no confidence on the then Commissioner for Finance, responsible for the SURE-P implementation, Dr. John Ayuba, before his recent deployment to water resources in a cabinet reshuffle. Dr Ayuba debunked the allegations against him.
The KDSHA at its session yesterday received and adopted a report of its 11-member Ad-hoc Committee which investigated the implementation of SURE-P programmes, projects and activities in Kaduna State, chaired by Kantiok Iramiya Ishaku in its reort stated,"The actual receipts by the Kaduna State Government of its share of revenue from Subsidy reduction for the year 2012 stands at N2.24 billion at a monthly rate of N280.398 million from May to December, 2012.
"But there was no receipts for the months of January - March, 2012, and no mention of it was made with regards to the month of April, 2012. However, the sum of N560 million was said to have been received.
"All efforts by the Implementation Committee on SURE-P and the ad-hoc committee of the House to get the actual records of this expenditure from the Commissioner of Finance proved abortive.
"According to the report also, contrary to the advice of the implementation committee on SURE-P's decision to purchase some Nissan Sunny taxi cabs at at N2.880 million instead of N3.283 million each, the Ministry of Finance went on to purchase same at N2.996, thus incurring a lose of N4.6 million for the 40 taxis purchased."
He told Vanguard on the telephone yesterday: "I am surprised about this development, because I have never had any inkling that I had an issue with the House of Assembly when I was Commissioner of Finance. We had a meeting with that committee last May with all members of the SURE-P and nobody among them asked me for such details."