From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Kaduna State government has discovered N24 billion in 470 accounts operated in 27 different banks by the immediate past administration.
Governor Nasir El–Rufai stated this at the end of the maiden Town Hall meeting convened at the instance of the state government to give account of its stewardship, held at the weekend in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Arch. Barnabas Bala Bantax, said the N24 billion was discovered in the process of merging the different accounts into a single account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He said the adoption of the single account by the state government was to ensure prudent management of resources by organs of the state.
On the on-going staff verification, the governor said the exercise will continue until the status of government organisations and education sector are rid of ghost workers and schools.
El-Rufai explained that the administration has domesticated the freedom of information as obtained at the federal level, where citizens are free to verify and contribute to government activities.
Speaking on the health sector, El-Rufai said Primary health care centres through out the state, will be fully equipped, while general hospitals in the three senatorial districts would be up graded to meet modern challenges of health care delivery.
He said the College of Nursing, Kafanchan will also be up graded to meet accreditation requirements of all its courses and be able to admit 100 student nurses.
The governor solicited the support and co-operation of citizens within and in the Diaspora, to enable the administration realise the objectives and aims of the change agenda.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Alhaji Uba Sani, said the town hall meeting was meant to afford stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the process of governance.
He stressed that the task of moving Kaduna State to greatness was a collective responsibility and called on all hands to be on deck to achieve desired goals and objectives.
A cross section of participants, that comprised leaders of all ethnic groups, religious, associations, women and youth organizations, civil societies that partook in the town hall meeting bore their minds on variety of issues bordering the wellbeing of the citizenry, which the governor and his commissioners answered and noted the advice proffered.