Katsina govt approves N500m to host President Buhari

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He Katsina State The government has approved N500 million to mobilize people from local governments across the state to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.

Katsina State Government

The approval was conveyed in a letter signed by Yahuza Ibrahim to the Permanent Secretary, Government House and dated January 19, 2023.

The money, according to the letter, would be used to mobilize people to receive the president who will visit the state from the 26th to the 27th of this month.

“I am ordered to refer to your letter No. S/MLGCA/GEN/259/C/IV dated January 17, 2023 and to convey His Excellency, the Governor’s approval for the release of N14,695,588.00 to each of the 34 LGC for a total of N499,650,000.00 (four hundred and ninety nine million, six hundred and fifty thousand naira only) of the available balance of the 34 LGCs in the local government joint account to enable the LGCs to cater for the proper and effective mobilization of citizens to receive Mr. President during an official visit to Katsina State on January 26-27, 2023,” the letter said.

“A photocopy of the approval is attached hereto for your guidance. This letter is sent with a copy to the General Accountant, Ministry of Finance and General Auditor of the Local Government for their knowledge, please”.

While there was no indication of what Mr. Buhari would do in Katsina over the two days, PREMIUM TIMES concluded that he might commission some projects, including an underpass at Kofar Kaura and a flyover at Kofar Kwaya built by Governor Aminu Masari.

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The spokesman for the Ministry of Chiefs’ Affairs and Local Government, Abdurahman Sama’ila, promised to verify the authenticity of the letter before responding to this reporter. He has not done so as of the time of filing this report.

The director general of new media at the government house, Al Amin Isa, did not respond to the calls and SMS that PREMIUM TIMES sent to him in the letter.

abuse of funds

An activist from a civil society organization in the state said that the use of taxpayer money to welcome the president is an abuse of public funds.

Abdurahman Abdullahi, president of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the state, said the money should instead be used to provide basic services to the people.

“This is one of the ways LGA funds are siphoned off. It is a case of high level corruption and waste. It is unfortunate that a state like Katsina, where children are educated on the bare floor, access to healthcare is poor due to a shortage of human resources and medical equipment, clean water inaccessible to many communities, and many more social deprivations. , to withdraw a stupendous amount in the name of entertainment for the presidential visit.

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“This money, if used correctly, is enough to pay a year’s allowances for more than 4,000 casual workers in the state, provide clean water to 500 communities, or make 50,000 desks so that our students learn in a more conducive environment.

“After all, this has clearly shown us that everything the government has been saying about the inability of LGAs to pay their workers’ salaries due to insufficient funds is not true,” Abdullahi said.

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