Rabi’u Kwankwaso, outgoing governor of Kano state, has left a debt of over N105 billion meant for the payment of 2,715 uncompleted projects in the state, according to a transition committee.
Hafiz Abubakar, chairman of the transition committee and deputy governor-elect, disclosed this while presenting the committee’s report to Abdullahi Ganduje (picture), the incoming governor.
He said out of the more than N313 billion cost of the projects, the state government was able to pay N202.5 billion to contractors handling various projects.
Abubakar said the state government also inherited 665 projects valued at over N72 billion from the former administration of Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of the state and the outgoing minister of education.
“Out of the amount, the government has paid over N40 billion leaving an outstanding payment of N33.2 billion,” he said.
“There are 7,494 recently employed civil servants whose names are yet to be on the payroll of the state government.
“These civil servants have an outstanding salaries of over N789 million.”
He explained that of the N419 billion the state government received from the federation accounts within the last four years, it had spent N418.1 billion.
“Similarly, out of the N346.5 billion the 44 local governments received from the federation accounts, N346.2 billion was expended,” Abubakar said.
“By this report, it means we have very huge challenges to contend with.
“We need the understanding of people of Kano state as we have already started the austerity journey.”
Responding, Ganduje thanked the committee for carrying out the assignment.
He said the report would serve as guidance and a source of inspiration in determining where his government will take off.