Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, yesterday, said his government is doing everything possible to recover funds looted from the state treasury by the previous administration.
Governor Lalong stated this yesterday in Jos during an interactive session with the state correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in commemoration of his 53rd birthday.
According to him, “We have done a lot of investigations and arrests have been made, some past government officials are on bail, they were called to come and give evidence about investigations that are ongoing. A former commissioner is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“Over N2 billion which was meant for Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, was diverted in the past administration and the case has been reported to the EFCC. As a result, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has refused to give the state additional SME funds because it is yet to account for the funds looted and this has caused a setback in empowering youths. Recently, the state government recovered over N2 billion stolen from the treasury.”
He also said his administration would complete critical projects initiated by his predecessor, Jonah Jang.
“The abandoned projects are for the benefit of the people of Plateau and should not be discarded. Many schemes that we are executing now were initiated by the past administration and we will not abandon them because they are for the people of Plateau.”
On his recent trip to China, the governor said it would soon bring fruitful benefits to the people.
“Investors are already coming to invest in our tourism, solid minerals and agriculture sector. We are working on increasing the tourist potentials of the state, especially the Wild Life Park, Pandam Wild Lice Park, Wase Rock among others. Our state is one of the richest in the country in terms of solid minerals and we are working on how to take advantage of the policies concerning revenue generation in respect to solid minerals.”
He lauded residents for the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
“As part of our five pillar thrusts when we came in, peace and security was number one because without peace, investors would not be able to visit our state.”
He also said he would unite the different tribes in Plateau and ensure that peace continues to reign.