The immediate past Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Yero has been accused of squandering N2.1bn on sweets, juices and chocolates to entertain visitors in 2014 alone.

He also reportedly spent N2bn on training and retraining of workers who did not need such training just in the same year

The State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mohammed Abdullahi, made this disclosure  at a roundtable on the 2017 draft budget organised by the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in the state capital on Saturday.

For instance, the commissioner said, an accountant was given a training meant for an architect during the Peoples Democratic Party administration under Yero in the state.

He noted that, though the Nasir el-Rufai government valued training, it was concerned about real training in line with workers’ area of need.

Abdullahi added that the Yero government spent over N40m monthly on chicken and rice for the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna during the period.

He noted that the el-Rufai’s administration had to jettison such a wasteful budget system of the last government.

Abdullahi noted that over N.6m was used monthly to buy newspapers without the actual copies being on ground for verification and accountability.

When contacted by Punch Newspaper to react to the allegation, Yero said he would not respond to an allegation “from a bloody commissioner.”

He added that he would not respond to any allegation emanating from the current All Progressives Congress administration in the state.

Excerpts From Punch Newspaper Used In This Article


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