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I’ll probe Gov. Yero over N2.7b SURE-P fund – El-Rufai

I’ll probe Gov. Yero over N2.7b
SURE-P fund – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday vowed to
probe the utilisation of N2.7 billion for Subsidy Reinvestment Programme in the state.
El-Rufai in a statement by his media
aide, Samuel Aruwan, said attempt by
Governor Mukhtar Yero to secure the
approval of the state Assembly to withdraw the money would have
serious consequences.

He said: “I have been aware of desperate attempts to secure
approval to spend N2.744 billion
SURE-P funds less than two weeks to its (state government) exit and to
spend 50% of the money on the Kawo road project while the 23 local government councils will share the
balance.

“As governor-elect, it is my duty to caution every official involved in
these last-minute deals that the incoming government will ensure
that there are consequences for
illegal conduct, breach of trust and stealing of public assets.

“While I await the formal submission
of the committee’s report, I am compelled to publicly affirm that we cannot and will not turn a blind eye to bad behaviour.”

The governor had last week forwarded a request to the state
House of Assembly to approve the release of the money to complete
ongoing projects across the local councils.

Already, 14 members of the assembly on Friday kicked against the move,
vowing to frustrate the effort.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Aminu
Shagali, claimed at a press conference that already the lawmakers,had at an executive session resolved not to approve the proposal.

Shagali said: “Even though an attempt was made to discuss the
issue and pass the bill by the Assembly, a resolution was made
during an executive session that the
funds should not be appropriated
and disbursed.

“We hereby state categorically that
we are not a party to such financial
recklessness and dissociate ourselves
with the move.”

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