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CSO warns Katsina Governor against fueling disharmony

07 July 2015, 12:06 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Katsina Transparency Collective, a civil society organisation (CSO), has decried the disunity characterising the state since the inauguration of the new administration.

This follows reports Governor Aminu Masari, had written to the Katsina State House of Assembly to probe the former Aide De Camp (ADC) to the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Ibrahim Shema.

The Executive Director/ Coordinator of Katsina Transparency Collective Mallam Kabir Umar Bishir, expressed concern at the developments.

“It is regrettable to note that the Gov. Aminu Masari-led administration seems to have nothing to offer,” said Bishir.

“This ostensibly precipitates his resort to intimidate and coerce junior Government officials of the past administration with a view to witch-hunt them by all means. And this is a calculated effort to smear the impeccable track records, outstanding pedigree and to besmirch the integrity of the past administrations.”

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He said the Katsina State Government under Shema distinguished itself in many areas including the prompt payment of salaries on 22nd/23rd of every month without failing from 2007 to May 2015, ordering the release of N8,5 billion Naira to the Local Government Councils in May this year from the state account which Masari reportedly froze and leaving about N4 billion in the state treasury.

Katsina Transparency Collective Secretary, Hajia Zainab Gambo, also raised concern at the new administration’s discontinuing of some projects of the immediate past government.

“It is unfortunate that His Excellency has decided to discontinue the free education policy, and payment of WEAC (West African Examinations Council), NECO (New England College of Optometry) and NEBTEB (National Business and Technical Examinations Board) for our children,” said Gambo.

“Still we respectfully use this medium to strongly advise His Excellency Gov. Aminu Masari to concentrate on people oriented programmes and policies that will better the lives of the Katsina People in lieu of mortgaging his oath of office and responsibilities,” she said.

Masari was inaugurated on May 29 after winning the governorship election on the All Progressives Congress ticket.

- CAJ News


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