The last may not be heard on the alleged N2.3 Billion spent on the purchase of woods and shrouds by the immediate past governor of Bauchi State , Barrister M.A Abubakar six months before leaving office.
Piqued by the allegations, a media aide to the former Governor, Muktar Jibril has debunked the allegation that his principal spent the sum of N2.3 billion for the purchase of woods and shrouds for burial of dead bodies at the Bauchi Muslims cemetery.
Reacting to the allegation in a press statement he issued to journalists on Tuesday, Jibril claimed that the ex-governor inherited the practice of purchasing the burial materials for the graveyard from his predecessors.
He claimed that according to his findings, a total of N1.2 billion was expended not N2.3 billion as alleged by the incumbent governor.
“In response to the media frenzy on the issue of the purchase of woods and shrouds procured for burials, we want to state that, this is a practice inherited by the government of M.A Abubakar from its predecessors. Realising its significance and impacts on the people especially the bereaved ones, it decided to continue with it.”
” However, the project like any other one of same magnitude, was awarded to qualified contractors. Based on the available verifiable record, a total sum of N1,270,743,520 had been expended since its inception and not the exaggerated figure of 2.3bn mischieviously posted on the social media by critics.”
“We urge the good of the state to disregard this insinuation and act of desperation by elements of retrogression.”
“Besides, every contract awarded was subjected to the scrutiny and appraisal of the due process agency in accordance with public procurement law, contract agreement, payment of tax due on such contracts and other requirements.”
“Therefore, the figure posted was maliciously misquoted hence blatant lies and misleading”, he said.
He alleged that the story was intended to distract peoples’ attention from the poor start of the present PDP administration marked by brigandage and affront to the rule of law and basic tenets of democracy.
It could be recalled that the present administration had accused the last administration of purchasing woods and shrouds to the tune of N2.3 Billion six months to its expiration claiming that the financial recklessness was contained in the handover notes inherited by the current administration.