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Bauchi gov alleges predecesso­r mismanaged N60bn Paris Club refund

- Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi

BAUCHI State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has alleged that his predecesso­r, Mohammed Abubakar, got not less than N60 billion bailout from the federal government during his four years in office with nothing to show for it.

The governor was speaking while distributi­ng cash and starter packs to 1,000 selected people in Ganjuwa and Darazo Local Government areas of the state on Tuesday.

He said that although the state has benefitted from many social investment programmes, it was not so lucky to get bailout, budget support or any special financial interventi­on from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

“We have a lot of challenges in terms of funding; you know we came at a time when COVID-19 was just around and the economic situation was so poor. We are also a government that came at the time when Mr. President has finished giving his kindness to most of the state government­s.

“In the first instance, we know what he has done in terms of budget support to all the previous administra­tions where he gave them a lot of support.

“And at the same time, the Paris Club that he made sure he doled out over N60b to

Bauchi state. We are not so lucky because he has already finished giving that programme,” he said.

The governor agreed with members of the State House of Assembly who said that Ganjuwa

LGA has not benefited from capital projects executed by the state government.

Mohammed, who lamented the sorry state of the Soro-miya Road, said the contract had been awarded but an unnamed member of the All Progressiv­es Congress siphoned the money, pointing out that the matter is before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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