Governor Bala James Nggilari, of Adamawa State has denied reports that he diverted the sum of N700million out of the N2 billion the state received from the Central Bank of Nigeria as Agricultural development loan.
Nggilari who spoke through his Director of Public Affairs, Mr. P. P. Elisha, said that after a meeting of the executive council, it was agreed that the state government should borrow N700 million from the Agric loan to meet up with the immediate need of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) stressing that the members representing the said areas can attest to it.
He explained that the state received N2 billion from the apex bank in the country for procurement of farming materials for the farmers in the state.
He explained that majority of the farmers in state were living in IDP camps which made the government to use the said amount for the well-being of the Internal Displaced Persons from seven local government areas of the state which were Michika, Madagali, Hong, Mubi North/South and Maiha, Gombi.
Nggilari insisted that the said amount borrowed by the state government was not diverted, as the House of Assembly claimed, rather to meet up with the immediate need of IDPs, stressing that the members representing the said areas can testify to that.
According to him ‘if international communities can expend much on IDPs, a responsible government will not fold its arms and not meet up with IDPs demands. He attributed the action of the lawmakers to the political wrangling in the state.’
Elisha explained that due to fall in the price of crude oil in the international market,’ what the state received as subvention from the federal account could not pay the salaries of the working force let alone of taking care of IDPs.’