Installation of 100 Transformers gulps N246m
BY MALAMI MAIBINDIGA
The rampant and never ending cases of outright stealing of public funds running into billions of Naira against Governor Sa’idu Nasamu Dakingari of Kebbi State have, in the past few weeks amazed and surprised a lot of people both within and outside Kebbi state. Prior to the astounding revelations of mindboggling corruption, many people, apparently taken in by Dakingari’s holier-than-thou outlook felt that he was beyond corruption even though the democratic dividends they used to see in many states are nowhere to be found in Kebbi State despite increased statutory allocation and reversal of staff salary to the old structure. The publications in past weeks have proved that Dakingari is superintending a serial raping of the resources of his state leaving the state barren of any form of development. DESERT HERALD Magazine in this yet another exclusive report provide answers why Mr. Dakingari is now widely believed to have come into office just to help himself to the resources of the state and to drag it into abject poverty. The case this time around involves the alleged stealing of the sum of Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, One Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Six Naira, Seventy Two Kobo (N246, 121,556:72). Investigation by DESERT HERALD Magazine reveals that this amount was ostensibly withdrawn on the orders of the Governor on April 16, 2010 under the pretext of installation of some numbers of electricity transformers in some 14 local government areas of the state. The funny reasons advanced for the withdrawal of such a huge amount has further proved that stealing of public funds has no limit or ceiling at all in view of the fact that all the cases which this writer have proved with documented evidence so far were carried out with very laughable and untenable reasons. A memo which emanated from the office of Aminu Usman, the so-called Adviser to the Governor on Due Process, an office created by Dakingari to pool a wool over the faces of the people and to ease his way to the Treasury, deliberately refused to state the number of transformers in order not to be exposed as a clear case of thievery. This Magazine’s investigation has however revealed that the whole transformers that were to be installed were about 116 and these are transformers that were procured by the Adamu Aliero administration but left to waste away for upward of three years until the emergence of Dakingari, who in turn failed to install them until the idea to use the opportunity to steal public funds necessitated this flagrant abuse of office. An official in the office of the Adviser confided in this reporter and asked the following nagging questions “the issue here is that how can any right thinking person come up with the idea that installation of a hundred transformers would cost as much as N246Million? The word INSTALLATION and not procurement gave way of the intent to defraud the people of Kebbi State.