Labaran Maku,a Frontline politician and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has described is the last minute contract awarded by the outgoing governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as a fraudulent act to swindle State resource.
The former Minister of Information hinted this shortly after a stakeholders of the opposition party,APGA held at the State party Secretariat along Shendam road, Lafia.
He said governance in Nasarawa State has gone down the pit with the squalor,agony, deprivation and stagnation witnessed from 2011 to 2019 as can ugly situation for civil servants including the non working class.
“Everything under the leadership of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura was off side down ranging from percentage payment of salary to Local Government workers, increasing killings ongoing in the State on daily bases.
“You are all aware of the recent killings in Panda Development Area while many lives were lost in Andaha and yet no culprits has been brought to book”.
He said the State under governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura was sharply divided amongst tribal and religious inclination,adding that alot of things went wrong from 2011 to 2019.
Labaran Maku says the debt profile of Nasarawa State stand at N70bn to N100bn while the arrears of civil servants salaries gulped a whooping N20bn.
“Is workers arreas of salaries not a debt “.Maku asked.
He said he went to tribunal in the interest of democracy and for the sake of the people of Nasarawa State.
He said his party consulted stakeholders and they were persuaded by overwhelming majority to go to the tribunal to seek justice, because according to him, they were robbed of victory.
Maku, who alleged that the last February governorship election in the state, was rigged in favor of the ruling party, frowned at the electoral system in Nigeria.
He said if the electorates are denied the right to elect leaders of their choice and denied victory to those who deserves it, ‘that society will continue to go down and down, until justice is brought to bear’.
Maku, who is the national secretary of APGA, said a lot of things are going wrong in Nasarawa state in particular and the country in at large.
“The only way we can achieve development in Nigeria, is free and fair elections, where the electorates will be given the ample opportunity to elect leaders of their choice, so that if they don’t do the right thing, they will be voted out”
“In 2015 and 2019, people gave me overwhelming victory, but the obstacle is between the cliques that collaborate with INEC, at both state and federal levels and security agencies to keep writing results in favor of Al-Makura.
The State Commissioner of Finance and his Information, Culture and Tourism counterpart, Jameel Zakari nor the scribe of the ruling party,the All Progressives Congress,Aliyu Bello could not be reached for comment as at press time.
It would be recalled that the State governor while addressing think-tank of the APC at Government House recently said Nasarawa State is debt free,the governor was responding to a report by an online platform”NASARAWA MIRROR” which reported that the debt profile of the State as from 2011 to date stand at N70bn.
Available Information on the website of Debt Management Office revealed that Nasarawa State like it counterparts was indebted to the tune of N70bn
See full detail of debt profile of States of the Federation.
NIGERIAN STATES INCREASE DOMESTIC DEBT STOCK TO N3.5 TRILLION– DMO
14 SEP 2018
The Debt Management Office (DMO) stated on Thursday that the domestic debt stock of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, stood as at N3.5 trillion at June 30, 2018.
According to the latest DMO report, Lagos State has the highest stock of domestic debt at N517 billion, or the equivalent of 17 per cent of the total domestic debt stock of the sub-national governments.
Other states with high domestic debts are Delta (N223 billion); Rivers (N191 billion); Akwa Ibom (N179 billion); Osun (N136 billion); Cross River (N125 billion); Bayelsa (N123 billion); Plateau (N122 billion); Ekiti (N118 billion); Kogi (N114 billion); and Ogun (N105 billion).
The states with the lowest domestic debt profiles are Anambra (N2.6 billion); Sokoto (N25 billion); Yobe (N27 billion); Katsina (N31 billion); and Ebonyi and Jigawa states, which have N34 billion each.
Other states are Kwara (N40 billion); Niger (N40 billion); Gombe (N42 billion); Ondo (N51 billion); Kebbi (N54 billion); Abia (N57 billion); Taraba (N60 billion); Enugu (N61 billion) Adamawa (N67 billion); Edo (N69 billion); Zamfara (N70 billion); Nasarawa (N70 billion); Bauchi (N78 billion); Borno (N78 billion); Imo (N85 billion); Oyo (N88 billion); FCT (N94 billion); and Kano (N95 billion).