The Katsina state government yesterday tenure 28 documents as evidence before the state commission of enquiry stating how former governor, Ibrahim Shema and 39 others allegedly mismanaged the state’s share of N14.3 billion naira Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) funds.
The documents which were marked as exhibits are mostly made up of payment vouchers made to individuals and corporate bodies, bank mandates and letters of requests.Presenting memo 8 on the activities of SURE-P, Special Adviser to the state governor on Budget, Abdullahi Imam said the states ministry of finance and that of local government and chieftaincy affairs remitted N5.3 billion and N4.2 billion respectively to the SURE-P department. He said, of the amount N5.7 billion was withdrawn cash just as N1.2 billion is considered ‘missing’ and cannot be traced, noting that N814 million cannot be accounted for at the local government ministry. Imam further alleged that despite the numerous withdrawals, there were no evidences of utilization of the funds so withdrawn. “There are also unremitted interests accruing to the accounts of about N52 million for the accounts of ministry of finance and that of local government”, he said.
Those allegedly accused alongside the former governor include, former commissioners of finance, Lawal Jari and that of local government, Hamisu Makana and former Accountant General, Abdullahi Remawa. Others are Lawal Safana, IdrisTune, and former chairmen of the 34 local government areas in the state.