By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
The Patriots for Good Governance and Social Development (PAPS) has called on the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] to investigate the circumstances surrounding the missing N37.4 belonging to the Zamfara State government which ought to be a refund from the Federal Government for Federal roads in the state.
The N37.4billion was the refund from the Federal Government to the Zamfara State under the immediate past administration for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 14 Federal Roads in the State.
According to the chairman of PAPS, Alhaji Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, their investigations which was supported by the Zamfara State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, shows that only promisory notes were collected on behalf of the previous administration by an official of the Nigerian Governor’s forum (NGF).
Explaining how the notes were collected, the commissioner said the NGF official collected N14.9 billion in the first promissory note while N22 billion was later collected in the second promissory note.
He lamented that the collection of the notes were without proper documentation when the previous administration handed over to the government of Governor Bello Matawalle.
“In a letter seeking payment and explanation on the N37billion to both the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Debt Management Office (DMO), the said amount was said to have been fully reimbursed to the state,” Shinkafi said.
He further declared that “the incessant attacks on the State by the unrepentant bandits are parts of plans to divert the attention of the government and good people of Zamfara State on the discovery of the looting and siphoning of the N37.4 Billion which the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing refunded to the Zamfara State Government for the rehabilitation of Federal Roads in the State.
“We call on the Acting Chairman of the EFCC and the Inspector-General of Police to as a matter of urgency investigate the diversion of the N37.4 billion belonging to the government and people of Zamfara State,” he said.