BASG concern over N400M deductions on non-executed project

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
The Bauchi State Government has expressed concern on the judgment of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for the monthly deduction of N400 million from its Federal allocation on a water project awarded in 1996 in the state.
Briefing newsmen on the new development, the State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Baba Madugu, explained that the total amount meant for deduction from the state allocation was N1.7 billion.
Madugu said the court had earlier instructed the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria to deduct the money and remit same to Uni- Constructors, the firm that was given a water supply project in Gombe during the former Bauchi state.
According to him, the contract was revoked by the then administration in the state due to non-execution of the project, stressing that the present administration in the state was not aware of the case until September, 2016 when it noticed the deduction from its allocation.
Alhaji Baba Madugu however said that Governor Muhammad Abubakar has met the Minister of Finance on the matter where he expressed his administration’s concern on the development, and called for the immediate stoppage of the deduction.
Also speaking on the matter, Bauchi state commissioner of Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Yakubu Umar, disclosed that the state government has filed an application before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for the immediate stoppage of the deduction.
Barrister Umar assured the people of the state of the state government’s commitment to ensure that justice was done on the matter‎.

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