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Kaduna assembly sets up committee to probe El-Rufai

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The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday set up a committee to investigate the financial transactions, loans, and contracts under the administration of Nasiru El-Rufai, the immediate past governor of the state.

This comes weeks after Governor Uba Sani reported at a town hall meeting that the state had inherited huge debts from El-Rufai. The state’s debt included $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual obligations.

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Sani stated that despite the inherited debts, the current administration is committed to guiding Kaduna State towards progress and development. The administration has evaluated the situation and is adjusting its strategies.

“Despite the huge debt burden of 587 million dollars, 85 billion naira, and N115 billion in contractual liabilities sadly inherited from the previous administration, we remain resolute in steering Kaduna State towards progress and sustainable development.

“We have conducted a thorough assessment of our situation and are sharpening our focus accordingly,” the governor had said.

The assembly, in a session on Tuesday, decided to form a committee to also examine the activities of Jimi Lawal, a top associate and senior counsellor on investment to El-Rufai.

The committee will also investigate financial activities, loans, grants, and project executions from 2015 to 2023.

The assembly also instructed the committee to summon various individuals, including past speakers of the 8th and 9th assembly, finance commissioners, former directors of Kaduna Markets, and budget and planning commissioners.