Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya has described the Ibrahim Dankwambo’s administration as “clueless, heartless and reckless”.
Yahaya made the allegation when he received the report of the Alhaji Muhammad Ahmad-headed transition committee in Gombe on Friday.
The governor said, “One is surprised that a former Accountant General that has served Nigeria will allow finance management to get to this level in a small state like Gombe.
“There must have been a conducive environment for such to thrive. The summary of it all is that the previous administration was clueless, heartless and reckless.”
The committee, which was inaugurated by Yahaya on April 2, had submitted its interim report on May 11.
Ahmad said, “A careful review of the state’s fiscal position indicated that since 2011, the previous administration embarked on expansionary fiscal policy largely financed by consistent borrowings. The local debts alone increased from N5.95bn in 2011 to N63.45bn at the end of May 2019.
“This led to the rising debt profile which stood at N119bn as of May 29, 2019. Also, the total debt included N14.83bn outstanding gratuities and pensions.
“The sum of N638.90m is being deducted from the statutory allocation to service various loans on a monthly basis.
“Towards the end of May 2019, the state received the sum of N11.71bn, including N5.6bn Paris Club refund, out of which N3.01bn was paid as consultancy fees.”
The committee called for a reduction in the number of ministries in the state from 27 to 16.
The governor, who thanked the committee for the report, appealed to members not to hesitate in making known their views when necessary.