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Kano Govt Accuse Kwankwaso Of Misappropriating Pension Funds; Contractors Want Fmr. Gov. Probed Over N200bn Debt



The Kano state commissioner of information, Alhaji Muhammad Garba has accused the former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of spending the N4.1bn pensioners’ fund in building houses for pensioners which they can’t afford to buy.

DailyTrust Newspaper reports that Garba alleged that “Kwankwaso borrowed the sum of N4.1bn pensioners’ funds to build Bandirawo and Amana Housing estates with the aim that pensioners could benefit from the houses, but when he realized that the houses are too expensive for them to occupy, he slashed their prices by 50 per cent and even at that the pensioners could not afford to buy the houses.”

In its efforts to resolve the problem, the present government had met with the pensioners and agreed that a certain number of the housing units in the two estates should be allocated to them as part of their entitlements, he said.

Meanwhile, Local contractors in Kano have urged the Buhari led federal government to probe former Governor of Kano state Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso over alleged N200bn debts.

Chairman, Kano state branch of Nigeria Chamber of Indigenous Contractors, Alhaji Auduwa Maitangaran, said the former governor had virtually crippled indigenous contractors in the state before he left for the senate.

“We have lost over 40 members who died as a result of illnesses they developed following the delay in releasing their funds by the former governor. Over 50 others were sent to prison because of huge debt and more than 100 members are currently on admission in various hospitals courtesy of nonpayment of their monies,” he said.

He said Kwankwaso only paid 30 per cent of the entire projects he executed in four years, leaving behind 70 per cent unpaid. He said 50 per cent of indigenous contractors had not been paid their monies.’

“Alhaji Idi Bilya our member died of heart attack due to nonpayment of his money and another member Alhaji Ibrahim Carpenter who has over N50m with Kano state government cannot produce N5,000 now. This is wickedness,” he said.

Maitangaran urged the federal government to probe the former governor, saying more facts will emerge from him when probed.

However, the chairman commended the incumbent governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his commitment towards rescuing indigenous contractors by given them the sum of N200m to settle some contractors.

On the N24bn loan to be secured by the Kano state government, Maitangaran said the union was in full support of it, noting that the state is capable of offsetting it in the next 20 years.

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