THE Niger State House of Assembly has expressed worries over the alleged lack of courage by the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to go after individuals that looted the state treasury during the last administration under former Governor Babangida Aliyu, saying that the governor must match his words with action.
Consequently the House, therefore, directed the Governor to make public the reports of all the committees set up since May 29 to investigate the activities of the immediate past administration with particular reference to the finance of the state.
Speaker, Honorable Ahmed Marafa, who gave the directive at the floor of the House while deliberating on the 2016 budget proposal, said that the people of the state are interested to know the outcome report of the five committees inaugurated since the government came to power to look into funds stolen by individuals in the previous administration.
The House expressed dismay over the lack of courage by the governor to make good his threat to expose those that looted the state funds.
The House pointed out that the governor in his inaugural speech promised the people that his administration will carry out a forensic audit of the state and made it public and therefore, challenged him to do so without delay.
This position of the house was sequel to an observation by the Deputy Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hussaini Ibrahim, that the state government has not been able to make public reports of various committees set up to investigate financial dealings of the previous administration.
According to the Deputy Speaker, stolen funds have been recovered in other states, while the looters are being persecuted, adding that in Niger state, the government has being singing songs about those that have looted the state treasury without marching it with action.
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