Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle launched a commission of inquiry based on reports received from various committees tasked with finding a lasting solution to banditry and related crimes in the state.
The governor, who spoke through his deputy, attorney Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, said the commission would also examine the rescue funds raised under the administration of former Governor Yari and the 107 billion naira missing from as a result of various low-quality transactions and other corrupt practices in the state.
The Governor said his administration was working to tackle the root causes of the problem of banditry and other related crimes that have affected virtually all parts of the state.
“I set up a committee under the chairmanship of the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar. The Committee completed its mission and submitted its report containing detailed conclusions and recommendations.
“This commission of inquiry will operate on the basis of the conclusions of these committees. It will therefore address the issues raised by the Committee to find solutions to banditry and the various problems of fraud, abuse and flagrant non-compliance with due process in the execution of contracts, as they emerge from the reports from project audit committees.
“Given the weight of the issues raised by the various committees, in particular the Committee responsible for finding solutions to banditry, which is the most sensitive of all, my administration is of the opinion that the report should be further examined by this Commission. . that the issues could be resolved firmly and decisively.
“I believe that this will further consolidate the achievements of my administration in the fight against banditry and the reconstruction of the social and economic fabric of Zamfara State.
Matawalle noted that the establishment of the Commission is also in line with his administration’s will and mission to holistically address security challenges, end the culture of impunity, clean up the affairs of the government and to institute an appropriate mechanism for the allocation and implementation of projects in the State.
“Let me also add that addressing the various issues raised by the reports of the project audit committees will also go a long way in strengthening the culture of transparency and accountability that are the watchwords of my administration.
“You may recall that I promulgated the bill establishing the Public Procurement Office on September 4, 2020 as part of the institutional mechanism ensuring the transparency of the process of awarding and implementing contracts in the ‘State. Our 2021 budget is also based on international public sector accounting standards, which will allow us to operate like any other transparent economy in the world.
It could therefore be recalled that the project audit committees have made revelations concerning flagrant violations of procurement procedures, non-performance of contracts on the basis of agreed specifications, inflation of contract amounts and, in some cases. case, the outright breach of contracts despite the allocation of huge sums of money to contractors.
The governor explained that some of the surprising revelations made explicitly by the State Projects Audit Committee include the embezzlement of the seventeen billion naira bailout funds and the sum of two billion naira intended for small and medium enterprises. of State.
He added that it had also been discovered that there was a lot of overcharging in the process of contracting and allocating state government land to individuals.
According to him, the report shows that the state has lost a staggering amount of more than 107 billion naira due to various shoddy deals concluded by the past administration, as the committees identify.
“These anomalies and other findings are unacceptable. Such mismanagement of public funds cannot be tolerated by any responsible government. Therefore, we must take the right steps to recover public funds for the betterment of the lives of our people ”
“We have engaged people of good reputations and professional competence to handle this crucial mission. I have no doubt in my mind that the chairman, the Hon. Judge Abdullahi Yusuf, former Chief Justice of Katsina State, and other prominent figures constituting the members will lead this mission guided by relevant legal ethics, due diligence and with a high sense of integrity ”
“I also ask all government MDAs who can be referred for any information to cooperate as much as possible for the success of the mission. I also assure you that the Government is ready to accept any decision that you present as the result of your investigation ”