The administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq remains transparent and continues to focus on developments that transform lives in the state.
This assertion was made by Alhaji Bashir Adigun, Special Adviser, Political Communication in a statement on Sunday debunking news reports on alleged diversion of funds.
Adigun said, “We are constrained to react to a mischievous publication by a national newspaper alleging diversion of allocation to local governments by some states including the state government.
“The said publication is to say the least, sensational, mischievous,unethical and failed the test of balanced reporting.
“The report, broadcast by some radio stations and bloggers in the state, made a weighty allegation of diversion of funds by some state governments in its headline but nowhere in the body of the story is this found.
Adigun recalled “that the setting up of a judicial panel of enquiry into similar false allegation of diversion of funds last year which gave Governor AbdulRazaq a clean bill was in continued demonstration of His Excellency’s commitment not only to transparency but his policy direction on the financial autonomy for the local governments.
He said further that, “Governor AbdulRazaq is also on record as the first and only state governor who has voluntarily invited and involved NGOs to conduct social audit of his administration.
“It should also be noted that there are no funds to steal at the local governments as their entire statutory allocation and IGR are not enough to pay their salaries 100%.
Alhaji Adigun also.revealed that “The state government had to loan the local governments N110 million to enable them pay 100% salaries for the month of March.