From Mohammed Daib, Bauchi
A non-government organisation, National Congress of Democrats, called on the Bauchi State House of Assembly members to investigate a N4bn loan received by Governor Mohammed Abubakar and his recent trip to the Czech Republic.
A statement by the National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Dogon Yaro Bibi and his Secretary Yakubu Alhaji Jibrin, said under relevant provision of Freedom of Information act 2011 they demand for detailed explanation and expenses.
The group alleged that the state government obtained of N4 billion from UBA Bank to address urgent financial needs of the state and demand for evidence of approval for obtaining the loan from the State Executive Council and the State Assembly as claimed by the government that the loan enjoyed the approval of both the Executive Council of the state and the Assembly while everyone knows that executive council has not been constituted.
The statement quoted Dogo and Jibrin as seeking to know the information to the comprehensive list of those urgent financial obligation loan in the State.
On the governor’s trip to the Czech Republic, the group sought to know if the governor sought and got the approval of the State Assembly for the journey and if the governor issue a letter directing his deputy to act in his absence.
They demand for information on the benefit of such trip to the state since over $57,000 was allegedly spent for estacode and contingency for the trip, with air tickets costing N7,138,120.
The group gave seven days to Assembly to provide them with the required information and pledged to petition EFCC and ICPC if the lawmakers fail to act on the matter.
Bauchi State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Auwal Jallah, pledged to enquire about the matter and issue the party’s position on it soon.