Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has warned the outgoing state government, led by Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, not to spend the N2.744 SURE-P funds, saying as doing so would be met with the full wrath of the law.
The Yero-led government has been putting pressure on the Kaduna State House of Assembly, to give it an approval to spend the funds, barely 10 days to the end of its tenure.
But El-Rufai is kicking against the move.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday, the governor-elect said the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state would punish anyone culpable in the SURE-P funds’ diversion.
In a statement, signed by Aruwan, a copy of which was made available to Daily Sun, El-Rufai was quoted as saying: “I have been made aware of desperate attempts to secure approval to spend N2.744 billion Sure-P funds.
“Less than two weeks to its exit, the outgoing government of Kaduna State is seeking to mount pressure on the outgoing House of Assembly to spend 50 per cent of the money on the Kawo Road project, while the 23 local government councils will share the balance.
“As governor-elect, it is my duty to caution every official involved in these last-minute deals that the incoming government will ensure that there are consequences for illegal conduct, breach of trust and stealing of public assets.
“Our government will certainly insist on accountability, and no one should be in any doubt about our resolve, be it the instigators of any impropriety or those who facilitated and executed it.
“Our transition committee is daily inundated with reports about the dire financial straits in which the outgoing government has placed the state.
While I await the formal submission of the committee’s report, I am compelled to publicly affirm that we cannot and will not turn a blind eye to bad behavior,” El-Rufai said.