Governor Umaru Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa State has directed the state Min­istry for Justice to take necessary action against contractors who allegedly absconded with N4.8 billion Milienium Development Goals (MDG) funds in the state during the last administration.
The governor gave the directive while receiving the investigative panel report on the implemen­tation of MDG contracts under Nyako administration.
According to the governor, his administration thrives on trans­parency and accountability, add­ing that misuse of state resources would not be overlook.
He stressed that the era of shortchanging the people of the state was gone and that his ad­ministration is committed to clearing the rot in the system.
The governor, while referring the reports to the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bala Sanga, directed him to take necessary actions.
Earlier, Alhaji Alfa Bellel, the chairman of the committee had told the governor that the MDG office refused to provide payment vouchers between 2007 and 2009.
According to him, the office provided the committee with payment vouchers from 2010 till date, adding that N11 billion was receive by the MDG within the time under review.
He said that 1591 contracts were awarded but only 300 were fully paid, while some of the con­tracts were fully paid without contract sites.
The chairman said that the committee also uncovered huge sums as un-remitted tax within the time under review, adding that the committee had toured all the 21 local governments in the state to assess the contract sites.
While commending the gov­ernor for cooperating with the committee, Bellel also thanked Bindow for finding them worthy to serve the state in such a capac­ity.
It would be recalled that Bin­dow had some months ago con­stituted an investigative commit­tee into the implementation of MDG contracts under the Nyako administration, a development many perceived as an attempt to witch-hunt the former governor.-The Authority