Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has announced his intention to reveal the identities of former governors of the state who allegedly embezzled state resources and stashed the funds in foreign countries like the United Arab Emirates, Europe and America, where they acquired properties. The governor made the allegation during an interview with the Kaduna State Media Corporation's Hausa Service. According to him, one of the former governors was allegedly involved in a missing N500 million contract to reconstruct the WAFF Road, which remained undone until he became governor and turned it into a dual carriage way.
The governor also accused former Vice President Namadi Sambo, who was once governor of the state, of leaving a 300 bed specialist hospital project in Kaduna unfinished due to political exigencies when he became Vice President of Nigeria. Governor el-Rufai went on to assert that all the former governors who served in Kaduna State were guilty of looting, as evidenced by their current status and the properties they acquired. He also challenged anyone with knowledge of the government collecting a 10 percent commission from contractors, alleging that the former governors were collecting such commissions.
Governor el-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the quality of the roads his administration has constructed, saying that they would last for years, unlike those constructed by previous administrations, which deteriorated after just two rainy seasons. He also emphasized his administration's commitment to tarring all roads in Kaduna and installing solar-powered street lights. However, he noted that his government faced challenges due to the situation it met on the ground and had to seek loans to finance its development plans.
Governor el-Rufai questioned the source of the former governors' wealth, as they were not children of the legendary Kano billionaire Dantata or the billionaire industrialist Dangote. He claimed to have known them since their school days and wondered how they could afford to build mansions and acquire expensive properties.
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