Katsina State House of Assembly has sought assistance of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for retrieving vehicles leased out to individuals and companies by the state Ministry of Local Government.
Katsina Assembly invites EFCC to trace leased vehicles
From Muawuya Bala Idris Katsina
The Triumph learnt that the decision followed failure by the ministry to retrieve the vehicles as directed by the House.
The House would also seek EFCC’s assistance to force beneficiaries of the leasing agreement to settle outstanding money into the coffers of the government.
Our correspondent reports that vehicles, such as tippers, trucks and water tankers among others were leased out by officials of the ministry in 2016.
It was learnt that the vehicles were purchased by the immediate past administration at the cost of N6.1 billion to 34 local government councils, but were later leased out to individuals and companies in 2016.
It was gathered that most of the beneficiaries have refused to pay agreed amount to the government for the period of four years.
Investigation revealed that some of the vehicles have got missing, while some it alleged were diverted to unknown destination.
The House also frowned at a statement by some former caretaker committee chairmen during a budget defence of not receiving a single Kobo from the leasing agreement and cannot even trace vehicles allocated to them.
Dependable sources from the House revealed that a company based in Kano is holding about 30 vehicles that comprise tractors, tippers, and water tankers and the company paid only initial deposit of N10 million refusing to pay the collective amount for the period of four years.
Similarly, four vehicles, including two water tankers, tippers and tankers were sighted at a house of a prominent political singer in Kano.
It was also gathered that some vehicles with Katsina State Government plate number were also sighted in Yobe State and Niger Republic.
Speaker Tasi’u Musa Maigari has described the leasing agreement as illegal, insisting that due process was not followed by officials of the ministry.
Maigari, who spoke at a meeting, summoned by the House in attendance by the officials of the ministry and head of local government, said people at the rural areas need the vehicles more than any other persons.
He blamed the officials of the ministry for sabotaging effort in retrieving the vehicles.
The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Usaini Garba Dankanjiba, said the intervention of EFCC on the case was necessary to bring sanity in the affairs of local government councils.