The All Progressives Congress (APC), Niger State, has told the outgoing government of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, to make public, the financial status of the state, saying that the state is groaning under huge debt and that the incoming APC government will not cover him up.
The party, in a statement by the chairman, Mohammad Jibrin Imam recalled that in 2007, Gov Aliyu had told the people of Niger State that he inherited empty treasury so it is only right to ask the chief servant to tell the people of Niger, the nature of the treasury he will be leaving behind by 29th May 2015.
“We expect Governor Aliyu who said the previous government that he took over from was not prudent with the management of resources to be bold enough to tell the people how prudent the management of the resources of the state has been since 2007 to date,” the statement read in part.
He said that in the principle of accountability and transparency, Aliyu ought to have made public, what he got over the years from the federation account, internally generated revenue, capital receipts and other sources.
In view of this, Imam said, “the governor should tell us also the expenditure as it matches with the revenue collected in the eight fiscal years that the government operated. The government we know then claimed that it inherited a lot of liabilities, so in the same vein we are expecting the government to tell Nigerlites the debt profile of the state as he will be handing over by May 29, 2015”.
“Government operates a simple budget flow of revenue receipts and expenditures with four steps of preparation, authorization, execution and audit so in the spirit of transparency, we, in APC, for avoidance of doubt, want the outgoing PDP government to let the people of the state know the financial statement it is leaving behind,” the statement added.