Adamawa assembly summons state accountant general over pension funds

Bala Ngilari

The Accountant General of Adamawa state, Augustina Wandamiya, has been asked to appear before the state House of Assembly to explain how money meant for pensioners was diverted by the state government.

The deputy speaker, Loare Kwamoti, who presided over the plenary sitting on Monday, told members it had come to the notice of the house that the state government had collected money from the Adamawa state pension fund to pay the suspended members of the Adamawa state House of Assembly.

Five lawmakers were suspended by the assembly following a parallel sitting by nine members of the house where the Speaker, Ahmadu Fintiri, was “impeached.”

“This act by the state government is against the rules of the Adamawa state House of Assembly,” Mr. Kwamoti said. “Money for pensioners is not to be diverted for any reason whatsoever.”

Mr. Kwomati noted that it was wrong for any government to tamper with pensioners funds, and therefore ordered the state accountant general to appear before the House to explain how she allowed the fund be released.

In a related development, the House has directed the state government to disburse the N2bn grant it received from the Central Bank of Nigeria on behalf of 28 registered farmers groups in the state,

This followed a report submitted by the ad-hoc committee on a petition against Governor Bala Ngilari.

During last sitting of the house, the speaker had set up the committee to investigate a petition brought against the Mr. Ngilari by the Agricultural Transformation Argo Allied Farmers Union, Adamawa state​,​ over the failure of the governor to disburse the funds since it was released in March.

Submitting the report, ​the chairman of the house committee and member representing Cuba-Gaya constituency Abbas Iya said the committee interviewed all those concerned and got documented evidence.

The committee after its findings recommended that the state accountant general as a matter of urgency direct the funds to its rightful purpose.

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