The Zamfara State Project Verification Committee set up by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle six months ago has today tuesday submitted an interim report to the Governor indicting former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of flagrant abuse of office, corruption and direct diversion of State resources to the tune of over 90 billion in the last eight years of his administration.
Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Ahmad Abubakar Zabarma who described the way and manner Yari and his clique siphoned the state’s resources as pathetic, inhuman unacceptable and ungodly recommend that the Governor should immediately set-up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry and bring the former Governor Yari and all those involved in the discovered scam before it so that the alleged stolen funds can be recovered from them.
Giving a sectoral breakdown of the gross misconducts perpetrated in the last administration, Zabarma said even members of the State’s House of Assembly were culpable as they supported the then government in the disappearance of several funds, prominent of which was the bailout fund released to States by President Muhammadu Buhari of which Zamfara received the Sum of 17 Billion Naira which just vanished without any verifiable trace.
He said under administration sector, the sum of N12.5 billion, economic sector N64.4 billion, environmental N13 billion and Social sector N254 million totalling over N90.3 billion which were discovered as over invoicing by contractors, Government officials, consultants and beneficiaries should be refunded to the State Government.
He stated that even though staff of the State Ministry of Finance who are suspected to be complicit in the scam refused to cooperate with the verification committee especially in the release of backup expenditure documents, the committee was able to discover how the sum of five Billion Naira Commodity Marketing and Distribution Board Money which was released to the State as a federal Government loan through the CBN for the purchase of Agriculture Commodities disappeared through a reactivated Ministry of Finance dormant Account not captured by the TSA within a span of three days and channelled to the account of Danbazau Global Investment Company.
Responding, Governor Bello Mohammed MON Matawallen Maradun who commended the work of the committee said it was set up to verify handing over and taking over of projects and expenditure which is normal in Government.
He said the State government will look into the submission and recommendations and take appropriate action without fear or favour on whoever is found wanting no matter how highly placed such persons may be.
YUSUF IDRIS GUSAU
Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication.
Government House, Gusau.