Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai has threatened to expose his predecessors who allegedly stole and stashed away pubic funds in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Europe, and the United States where they acquired properties.
He said one of them was allegedly indicted in a missing N500 million contract to reconstruct WAFF Road where no work was done until he became Governor and turned the road into a dual carriage way.
El-Rufai made the disclosure in an interview with Kaduna State Media Corporation, Hausa Service where he alleged “they looted the money, the person they gave the WAFF road contract is dead ….” .
His words: They are all looters. I know how they were before and look at their current status. One has built a big mansion in Kaduna at Jabi. I challenge anybody who has knowledge of our government collecting 10 per cent commission from contractors.
“But these people were collecting 10 per cent commission. I am a Quantity Surveyor, I know the quality of work they have done.
“I’m happy that we constructed quality roads that would last for years. Not those kinds of roads they have constructed in the past which, after two years, after two rainy seasons, the roads would go bad.”
More work to be done
“We still have work to do. We want all roads in Kaduna to be tarred. Anyone who comes to Kaduna would not see a muddy road. Every part of the town you visit will have tarred roads and solar powered street lights,” El-Rufai said, per Vanguard.
“That’s what we envisaged everywhere in Kaduna, in Kafanchan, in Zaria and in all Local Government Areas such as Soba, everywhere. That is what we want to see.
“However, we could not realise all our development plans because of the situation this government met. In fact we had to seek for loan to execute those projects.
“The people can see that we executed those projects with the loan we secured. We did not siphon the money to Dubai and bought houses or go to Jabi Road and build a mansion.
“We know them, they are neither the children of Dantata (legendary Kano billionaire) nor the children of Dangote. We know them right from our school days. Where do they get the money to build those houses? What was their profession?”