Bagudu to in­ves­ti­gate non-pay­ment of con­trac­tors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad,Birnin Kebbi

Kebbi State Gover­nor Atiku Bagudu said yesterday that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would in­ves­ti­gateth­enon-pay­mentof con­trac­tors.

It was gath­ered that the con­trac­tors who are en­gaged in school feed­ing have not been paid since 2014.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the con­trac­tors had threat­ened to sus­pend feed­ing if their pay­ments for Novem­ber, De­cem­ber 2014 and some months in 2015 are not paid.

The gover­nor met with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, sec­ondary school man­age­ment board of­fi­cials, State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board, prin­ci­pals, feed­ing con­trac­tors, of­fi­cials of the state Min­istry of Fi­nance which in­clude per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral and other stake­hold­ers at Gov­ern­ment House, Birnin Kebbi.

The gover­nor, af­ter go­ing through all doc­u­ments re­lated to the feed­ing of the stu­dents from 2014 to date, said “We shall in­ves­ti­gate the sources of the leak­ages and bring to book who­ever is found want­ing”.

He lauded the ef­forts of the feed­ing con­trac­tors for their pa­tience and their ser­vice and urged them to con­tinue to serve the state, as­sur­ing that he will process funds to pay the debts.

The state Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral, Al­haji Ibrahim Umar and the cashier han­dling the sched­ule of feed­ing pay­ment at the meet­ing, ac­knowl­edged the pay­ment of feed­ing money into the trea­sury, but could not ac­count for its where­abouts.

Ear­lier, the state act­ing Head of Ser­vice, Al­haji Abubakar Udu, said the pur­pose of the meet­ing be­tween gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and con­trac­tors was to find ways to avert the strike by the con­trac­tors and to iden­tify sources of di­ver­sion of funds al­ready re­leased by gov­ern­ment.

Photo: NAN.

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