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Plateau Assembly probes whereabouts of N5b SURE-P fund

The Plateau State House of Assembly has begun the probe of over N5 billion suspected to be missing from the state government’s account.

The money is the state’s share of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), which the Jonah Jang administration reportedly received from last January till date.

The probe, the lawmakers said, became necessary following public outcry that the funds might have been misappropriated by the government.

It was learnt that the SURE-P has not taken off in Plateau State, despite the monthly disbursement of the funds to the state.

Speaker John Clark Dabwan set up an Ad Hoc committee to investigate the state’s SURE-P funds.

The eight-man committee, chaired by Dalyop Mancha, submitted its report to the Assembly last week.

The committee decried the refusal of the government officials, who appeared before it, to give details of the bank accounts of the SURE-P funds.

But it hailed the Commissioner for Finance, Davo Mang, for admitting before the committee that the state had been receiving N218 million monthly, since last January as its share of the SURE-P funds from the Federal Government.

The accumulated funds the state has received is believed to be over N3 billion.

The Ad Hoc committee also reportedly discovered that the state government has been receiving N146 million monthly on behalf of its 17 local governments from last January year. The funds have accumulated to over N2 billion.

The state and local governments’ shares of the SURE-P funds, according to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr. Paul Wai, as well as the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) State Chairman Emmanuel Loman, have been channelled to the state government through the Federation Account Committee (FAC) on a monthly basis.

The state’s and local governments’ shares have been put at over N5 billion.

Mancha noted that despite several requests by the committee, Mang and the Accountant-General, Mr. Boyi sauka, failed to speak on the details of the account.

He said: “The government officials, who appeared before us, claimed that the funds have not been misappropriated by the state government and that the funds are intact. But they failed to provide us with the bank’s statement and details of bank transactions to substantiate their claims.

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