Kaduna state government said it has met a dept profile of N70 billion on assumption of office due to mismanagement of resources by the previous administration. Commissioner of Finance, Alh Suleiman Abdul-Kwari, who disclosed this in a press briefing at the correspondent chapel office in Kaduna yesterday, said government is determined to arrests and deal with those, who looted the state in time past.
“This government met a debt profile of about 70 billion naira as a result of mismanagement of funds. To this end, the government is going to go after all those, who have looted the state in time past, whether small or big.
“Governor has already given an office accommodation for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna; the government will go after both the big and small, who have looted the state funds in whatever form,” the commissioner said.
He said, to ensure that all financial leakages and wastages are blocked – and remain blocked, Kaduna state government now operates 110 accounts as against the 450 being operated by previous administrations in the state.
Alhaji Abdul-Kwari on Tuesday also disclosed that the present government met a lot of challenges and decay in the way and manner previous administration governed the state. He said, with the introduction of the Treasury Single Accounts (TSA), over 450 accounts of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the state were closed down.
The commissioner also disclosed that there is prohibition of cash receipts in the state, which according to him, has been a major source of cash diversion in time past. “As part of revenue drive in the state, there is a no cash collection policy in place, as all cash are expected to be paid into the bank and receipts of such payments tendered as evidence.”
Abdul-Kwari retorted that, “We are tackling wastages and leakages through removal of ghost workers, thereby saving the state over 1.1 billion naira yearly, which hitherto used to be paid to ghost workers.”
On the savings within the past one year, he also disclosed that another 1.1 billion naira has also been saved from roads construction projects – a renegotiation from N3.5 billion to N2.4 billion.