Jonah Jang left Plateau State in N222.3bn debt


Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor
The Transition Committee set up by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau says the immediate past administration of former governor Jonah Jang left a debt of N222.3 billion for the Lalong administration.
Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Plateau Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Committee made this known on Tuesday when he submitted the report of the committee to the governor.
Tyoden explained that the committee was made up of 12 members of the central committee, 188 other members were broken into 27 sub-committees, each handling a particular aspect of government operations.
The deputy governor said that government records showed that between May 2007 and May 2015, the state received a total income of N525.35 billion.
“The sum of N747.65 billion was said to have been expended on Plateau citizens in the last eight years.
“The hand-over notes received from the previous government stated that the level of indebtedness of government was N103.9 billion as at May 2015 but our findings put the figure at N222.3 billion.
“Furthermore, what was left as credit in all the government accounts put together was N93 million,” he said.
According to chairman, the committee discovered gross inconsistencies in the records made available to it as figures are either conflicting or not reliable.
Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor
He specifically pointed out that the last government claimed to have spent N8.6 billion on the new government house but their findings put the figure at N16.4 billion.
The committee, which discovered clear lapses, according to the chairman, recommended that a specialised technical and audit committee should be set up.
This committee includes members of the security agencies to further investigate revenue allocation and internally generated revenue of the state under the Jang administration.
The Tyoden committee also recommended the review of the many appointments and promotions made in the state civil service during the last …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper