How PDP Govt Spent N2.1 Billion On Sweets, Juice And Chocolates

By Ikenga Chronicles October 23, 2016

Reckless spending of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) past government came into focus again as it was alleged that over N2.1 billion was spent on the purchase of sweets, chocolates and juice to entertain visitors.

Kaduna State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mohammed Sani Abdullahi, who disclosed this on Friday, was giving a breakdown of that the immediate past administration spent to entertain visitors in 2014.

The same government spent over N40 million monthly for chicken and rice for mere refreshment in Government House within the same period and another N.6million for daily newspapers.

Analysing the 2017 budget at a Round Table discussion with journalists on the State Draft Budget, the Commissioner said it was in the course of trying to study and remedy the inherited previous budget draft that these, “unnecessary expenses”, were discovered.

According to him, the Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai-led Kaduna State Government had to jettison the wasteful budgeting system it inherited, wondering how N.6 million was used monthly to buy daily newspapers without the actual copies on ground for verification and accountability.

Another N2 billion he explained was wasted on training and retraining of workers that did not need certain training, adding that accountants were allegedly trained as Architects. “We are concerned about real training in line with workers area of specialisations”, he said.

“Based on the ugly financial discovery, the current administration decided to operate zero based budget where every Naira budgeted is tagged to a verifiable project which the people could hold government accountable.”

“So when we started the zero based budget as soon as we came to power, civil servants in the State were not happy because they were doing budget without executing the project, and the money, for instance, N20 million could go into an individual’s pocket.”

“They keep on saying that this is not the way it is done, but we told them that we want to do it in our own way because this is change regime. So we recollected and redirected the budget draft.”

“We inherited N8.6 billion from the immediate past government which was in several bank accounts, but we were able to realise N38 billion when we introduced Treasury Single Account (TSA).”

“We have money in the State, and it is not that we cannot pay salaries, but it was because we were doing the verification of workers, which had delayed payment of pensions and salaries. But as I speak to you, by this October,pensioners will get their payments”.

Also, speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Andrew Jonathan Nok, said there was ongoing general assessment of teachers in the state in order to give room to qualified ones.

Nok however, regretted a situation where a teacher with National Certificate of Education (NCE) in geography could not spell the word geography. He said, “So we are doing general assessment examination of our teachers. We will remedy those that can be remedied, but those that are not qualified will be sent to where they belong. Teachers must be certified before they can teach”.

Speaking also at the round table, the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Hassan Mahmud Usman said the State government is reconstructing 29 township roads.

Usman however, said it would be impossible for the government to construct all dilapidated roads in the State within four years, and urged the people of the State to support government in achieving its goals.

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