Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has given all government officials accused of misuse of public funds in the Jonah Jang administration a two-week deadline to either return the money or face prosecution.
The governor made this disclosure on Tuesday, August 11, in Jos, when he received the report of the 12-man transition committee investigating the alleged embezzlement of public funds by the past administration, Premium Times reports.
He said: “In line with the advice of President Muhammadu Buhari, who urge past government officials to return stolen public funds in their procession, I am giving two weeks to government officials in our state to return monies taken illegally, even before government begins the implementation of the recommendations of the committee.”
The committee led by deputy governor Sonni Tyoden, had while submitting its report to governor Jang, said that the Jang administration incurred a debt of N222.3 billion.
Tyoden said: “Records show that between May 2007 and May 2015, the sum of N525.35 billion was the total income accruing to the state, statutory allocations inclusive, but the state was left with a debt of N222.3 billion by May, 2015.
“In other words, the sum of N747.65 billion could be said to have been expended on Plateau state citizens in the last eight years. Looking at the state in its current condition, we are at a loss where all this money went to.”
According to governor Lalong, his administration got only two official cars from his predecessor.
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