Chairman of Plateau State Transition Committee and state Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, has said that the former Governor of the state, Jonah Jang, got N525.35 billion as statutory allocation from the federation account in eight years, but left a debt of N222.3 billion at the end of his tenure on May 29, 2015.
He said that, whereas Jang said in his handing over notes that he left a debt of N103.9 billion as at May, 2015, findings by the committee revealed that Jang spent a total of N747.65 billion in the eight years of his administration, leaving a deficit of N222.3 billion.
Tyoden stated this yesterday while presenting the report of his committee to Governor Simon Lalong at the new Government House, Little Rayfield.
He added that what was left as credit in all the government accounts put together was N93million.
The deputy governor also said that the former governor embarked on wasteful expenditure, without regard to due process, with the result that the building of the new government house, which Jang said he spent N8.6 billion was built at N16.4 billion and work is still on-going.
Reeling out monumental cases of fraud and mismanagement, Tyoden said, “Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, from our findings, we wish to observe that while governance between 2007 and 2011 can be said to have been conducted along familiar lines, with some semblance of respect for known rules of procedure and civilized democratic governance, after 2011, there was a sharp decline and the descent of governance to the level of bestiality, where impunity, nepotism, sectionalism became the order of the day.
“From the records, between May 2007 and May 2015, the sum of N525.35 billion was the total income accruing to the State, statutory allocations inclusive, but the state was left with a debt of N222.3 billion by May, 2015. In other words, the sum of N747.65 billion could be said to have been expended on Plateau State citizens, in the last eight years. Looking at the State in its current condition, we are at a loss where all this money went to.
“Also , the Central Bank of Nigeria remitted the sum of N2billion to the coffers of Plateau State Government for the benefit of small and medium scale industries in the state. However, about 90 percent of this amount which was remitted to the state on the 17th of March, 2015 was drawn in two days (between 24th and 26th March 2015), for unexplained expenditure, without a single small and medium scale enterprise in the state benefitting from the money, yet the hand-over notes dated 29th May 2015, stated that the government was yet to access the fund.
Tydoen also stressed that, “in addition, various sums totaling N6.1 billion were transferred from the accounts of SUBEB, SURE-P and Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, to State Government accounts, without justifiable explanations on how the funds were used.
“Four, on the 27th of May 2015, four political appointees of a certain government agency who were not entitled to severance allowances as specified by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, illegally paid themselves the sum of N30million severance allowance.
“We also gathered that, the hand-over notes received from the proceeding government claimed the level of indebtedness of the government was N103.9 billion as of May, 2015. Our findings put the figure at N222.3 billion. Furthermore, what was left as credit in all the government accounts put together was N93million.
“While the out gone government claimed to have spent N8.6 billion on the new government house at Little Rayfield, our findings put the figure at N16.4 billion and work is still on-going.
“Also, the sum of N28.2 billion was raised from the capital market on the eve of the departure of the former government ostensibly to refinance existing state loans in three commercial banks. Government will need to have a second look at the status of the projects covered by the bond.
“Similarly, the sum of N420 million was said to have been released to Kaiser Trading House Ltd for the supply of fertilizer and the establishment of the fertilizer project in Foron. However, a visit to the site shows no development on ground, thus the need for further investigation on this transaction and project to know where the money went.

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