Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam
Military fails to disclose amount used
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, yesterday said N15.8 billion has
been expended on fighting Boko Haram insurgency for three years in the
state.He disclosed this when the House Committee Chairmen on Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Emergency Disaster Preparedness (EDP) paid
him an official visit at the Government House, Damaturu.
He lamented that the colossal sum could have been expended on
execution of several development projects that could improve the living
condition of the people across the state.
On how funds were expended, Gaidam said: “The immediate past federal
administration failed to finance the fight effectively and fully. The
state government had to deploy the meagre resources at its disposal to
support the campaign in areas of payment of allowances to security
operatives, procurement of vehicles, logistics, medical assistance to
security operatives and vigilante groups, maintenance of vehicles, all
totaling N13.7 billion.
“Government also incurred expenditures in the provision of relief
materials and medical assistance to victims of insurgency, thereby
bringing the amount to N15.8 billion as at the first quarter of 2017.”
Chairman of House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP),
Sani Zoro, said the National Assembly would ensure that monies spent on
fighting insurgency, are refunded.
Meanwhile, the Military yesterday failed to disclose how much the
Federal Government had spent in fighting insurgency in the last two
years in the Northeast region.
When The Guardian visited the Defence headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj. Gen John Enenche, was said to be in a meeting. But in a text message, Enenche said: “In a meeting, ask of my Deputy, Col. Dole, he will attend to you.