Kaduna debt chaos: IPAC demands probe of El-Rufa’i’s government

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West Nigeria – The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, (IPAC), Kaduna chapter has added its voice to calls for immediate probe of the huge debt left behind by the previous administration of Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i in the state.

IPAC state chairman, Hon. Ahmed Tijani Mustapha, who made the call during a press conference in Kaduna on Monday April 1, 2024 said the call became necessary to unravel the mystery of these huge debts.

Recall that Governor Uba Sani revealed that a debt of $587 million, N85 billion systematic executive corruption and the 115 contractual liabilities was inherited from the past administration of former government of Nasir el-Rufa’i.

Mustapha said such findings should be presented to the good people of Kaduna state via the same town hall meeting.

This is as he noted that the selfish and fraudulent arrangement did not only deny the state the means of development and growth but has embarrassed the state financially even making the state Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), a collateral to some indigenous banks.

“It is indeed disturbing and disheartening to listen to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani via a Town Hall meeting last Saturday, where His Excellency dealt on how his administration inherited a huge debt burden of $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities from the previous administration, making it difficult for government to even pay workers’ salaries.

“Because of the above happenings and as stakeholders in democratic norms, Good Leadership, Good Governance and Accountability in Nigeria and Kaduna State, the IPAC executives in Kaduna are in support of His Excellency’s desires of getting our dear state out of these mess despite the humongous debt burden on the State government.

“We are highly amazed and proud of His Excellency’s vision and wisdom with all these huge debt burden that was eating deep into the State’s monthly Federal Allocation of funds and with the state finding it difficult to pay monthly salaries but he remains resolute and focused in trying to build a better renewed Kaduna State and without also borrowing a single kobo in the last nine months of his administration.

“We declare our support for open government by our Governor and assure him of Kaduna State IPAC executives’ willingness to continue to assist in proffering solutions, suggestions and to provide advice that will be beneficial to our people and the state,” he said.

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