Plateau govt. debunks Lalung’s corruption allegation

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Following accusation of corruption levelled against the Plateau State Government by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, on Monday, the state government has reacted.

Commissioner for Information and Communication in Plateau State, Yakubu Dati, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES in a reaction noted that Dalung’s allegations were false, and unfounded, and only meant to portray the state government in bad light.

The spokesman also said that the Lalong administration has been able to reduce the debt it inherited by its predecessor, Jonah Jang, by over 50 per cent

Dati, in the statement also denied that the state procured a loan of $2 billion. He also explained other financial dealings by the Plateau State Government.

The statement reads:

“For the records. Plateau State debt profile is N122 billion from an inherited debt of N220 billion. The records are available at the Debt Management Office for confirmation. The bandied figure of N1 trillion is tales by moonlight.

”On the matter of the loan. It is still being processed and not released. This can easily be confirmed on the bank’s website as attached. The amount secured by the Federal Ministry of Finance is 11 million dollars and not 2 BILLION dollars being bandied. The facility was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of Wednesday, July 26 2017. The loan was secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the development of the Irish potato value chain, and the project is expected to create 60,000 jobs.

”Plateau State would be providing N599 million as counterpart funding for the project.The loan has a five years moratorium; thereafter, whatever remained of the loan would be paid at the rate of 1 per cent in 20 years. The loan would be used to develop the Irish potatoes value chain in 17 local local government areas of the state.

”The implementation would be jointly executed by FADAMA project and a unit in the state Ministry of Agriculture. About 70 per cent of the loan would be used for the provision of infrastructure, extension services, improved planting and marketing. The whole exercise is aimed at boosting production and minimising wastages in Plateau State which is the largest producer of Irish potatoes. The rescue administration remains focused on delivering on its mandate.”

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