Adamawa State Acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, yesterday, accused the former Governor of the state, Murtala Nyako of allegedly mismanaging N82 billion during his tenure, saying that the government had concluded arrangements to probe the former governor.
“The panel is to synergise with all anti-graft agencies in the country to recover the state’s stolen funds and through effective positive, publicity to bring to public notice the abuses that necessitated and justified the change of government in the state,” Fintiri said in his maiden broadcast to the state.
Fintiri alleged that the former administration plundered the state’s funds, adding that, “never in the history of Adamawa State had executive stealing and institutionalised corruption been elevated to the level of statecraft as in the past administration.”
According to him: “The high level of mindless plundering of the state treasury, the shameless and outrageous executive stealing that took place was on a scale far worse than the ravages that the insurgents had perpetrated in the North East.”
“The task before this administration is daunting, more so with a debt profile of more than N12b in the statutory Revenue Account apart from liabilities amounting N70 billion in the state funds that have been diverted to non viable projects.
“We shall set up a judicial panel of inquiry to probe Nyako’s administration and we shall cooperate with all anti-graft agencies to recover stolen state funds.
“This will be done through effective publicity and bring to public notice the abuses that necessitated and justified this change of government in Adamawa state.
“Furthermore, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, shall in due course, inform the world about these scandalous abuses and how the simple canon of government activities were thrown overboard.
“My administration has mapped out strategies to reinvigorate the various sectors of the economy through which dividends of democracy can reach the citizens.”
He added that his administration had already kick started the ailing machinery of government to ensure peaceful progress through an irrevocable commitment to correcting the wrongs of the past and to reposition the state for future challenges.
“We have therefore mapped out strategies to reinvigorate the various sectors of the economy through which dividends of democracy can reach our citizens.
“The Secretary to the State Government, SSG, shall in due course, inform the world about these scandalous abuses and how the simple canons of government activities were thrown overboar,” he added and commended the Legislature, Judiciary, the security agencies and citizens of Adamawa State for the positive roles they played in bringing about a peaceful change of government.
Fintiri further noted that, “we have mapped out strategies to reinvigorate the various sectors of the economy through which dividends of democracy can reach our citizens. These include giving a new lease of life to the Civil Service and machinery of Government which we have already began.
“A reappraisal of our Health, Education, Infrastructural and social services as well as ensuring economic rejuvenation and provision of equity, justice, fairness and respect for all good and honest
The acting governor said local government would be treated properly as an effective tier of government through prompt release of funds and urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, security agencies and the people of the state to participate fully in bringing back the lost glory of the state.