Niger State House of Assembly has directed the state Governor, Alhaji Sani Bello to set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the eight years administration of his predecessor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, particularly in the management of state finances just as the later has urged the legislators to face their duty of making laws and leave the choice to probe him or not to the Governor.
This resolution by the State House of Assembly during its sitting on Thursday nevertheless dashed the hope of the former Governor to evade investigations into alleged financial recklessness during the eight years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.
The motion which was moved by a member representing Bida II constituency, Honorable Mohammed Haruna listed among others; 22 activities of the past administration which according to him needed to be investigated.
Top activities for investigation include the operation of Local Government Joint Account, Ward Development Projects, Bonds, the Three Arms Zone project, Minna Airport City Project, the sale of Government property to Commissioners, members of state house of assembly and other politicians, the 10km local government projects, Minna City center projects and the alleged N2.6 billion shared among public officers on the eve of the end of the immediate past administration.
Others included; IBB University, Lapai, former College of education which was turned into University of Education, SUBEB, SURE-P projects, MDG Projects, the Pension board, Minna Building material market, Five Star hotel, the rental paid by government for the former Governor’s House amongst others.
Hon. Haruna who moved the motion observed that the present administration inherited an empty treasury due to the financial recklessness of the past administration to the extent that the state is almost bankrupt which has caused stagnated development of the state.
Teachers and local government workers’ salaries accumulated for a period of four months, Haruna said, adding that Nigerlites is expecting the House to take appropriate steps towards remedying the situation the state found itself.
According to him, “If there are relevant provisions of our laws that empower us to check and correct the defects and not allow business as usual then our refusal to exercise such powers may be tantamount to compromising our cardinal responsibilities as representatives of our various constituencies.”
When the motion was thrown to the floor of the House for deliberation, the member representing Gbako, Honorable Abdullahi Mamagi said the way and manner the present administration is handling the issue of investigating the former administration is not satisfactory to Nigerlites.