Mahdi’s allegations: We spent N2.4m on phones not N49m – Katsina gov’t
The Katsina State government had come out clear to debunked the allegations labeled against it by a business mogul, Alhaji Mahdi Shehu over the mismanagement of the state’s resources to the tune of N49m for the purchase of mobile phones.
Mr Mahdi, in one of his live radio program in Kaduna last week said N49 million was spent on phones for State Executive Council (SEC) members, members of Security Council, Katsina State House of Assembly members and Katsina Local Governments Chairmen while hundreds of millions were diverted into accounts of public office holders.
But speaking during a world press conference yesterday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mustapha Inuwa, said the person who made the allegations didn’t back it up with facts.
Inuwa said the monies that accrued to the state security escrow account from 2015 to date were a little over N6 billion and not N24 billion as alleged by Shehu.
He said little over N2 million was used to buy phones for SEC members, to ensure they could be reached at any time their attention was needed.
Documents seen by Katsina Post revealed that 50 number of Nokia 3310 original model was purchased at the cost of N25,000 each.
Also in the expenses, a Closed User Group (CUG) subscription for 12 months at N1,500 and Special line serialization fee of N5,000 was derived from the amount above.