The Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has told the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop unnecessary blackmail capable of running the government down, saying no matter the antics of the PDP, he would not be distracted from fulfilling all his campaign promises to the people of the state.
In apparent reaction to the allegations leveled against the state government on illegal deductions from local government funds by the state chairman of PDP, Hon Yunnana Iliya, the governor said the failure of the Mr. Iliya to be specific on the illegal deductions from the local government joint account of the state showed how empty his outburst was.
This state government’s position was contained in a press release signed by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on public affairs, Hon. Abdulhamid Kwarra.
According to Mr. Kwarra, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration under Al-Makura has been drawn to the empty accusations, ostensibly to distract the focus of government from its mandate of providing sustainable infrastructural and service delivery to the people of the state, especially in critical sectors like roads, healthcare service, education, portable water supply and youth empowerment.
“The allegation that the State Internal Revenue Board has not given account of its internally generated revenue (IGR) in the state is baseless. Ordinarily, we should have no business joining issues with our opponents because we can always understand their envy and frustration. But we have a responsibility to protect the gullible public from such misinformation and negative antics of the PDP in the state.
“The APC administration has never for once tolerated wastages in spending public funds. Indeed, probity and accountability has constituted the cardinal objective of government. It is, of course, in recognition of this fact that transparency international in Nigeria rated Nasarawa State under Al-Makura as 3rd among the 36 states in the country as the most transparent, prudent and most budget-disciplined”, the release added.