Isaac Shobayo-Jos

•Allegation baseless, unsubstantiated —Jang

The governor-elect of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, has alleged plans by the outgoing administration in the state to hurriedly sell off government properties before the hand-over on 29th May, 2015, even as Governor Jonah Jang described the allegations as baseless and unsubstantiated.

In a statement signed by his Director of Media, Publicity and Protocol Affairs, Mr Festus V. Faunter, Lalong said properties slated for disposal before the hand-over date include Plateau Supply Company Ware House and Mini Housing Estate along Dogon Dutse Road, PIPC Duplexes in Gwarinpa, Abuja and other locations.

“These include looting and carting away of government properties, including vehicles, household furniture and other items; the ongoing massive and lopsided employments, replacements, falsification of civil service placements and promotions which are not in conformity with laid down regulations and procedures; huge and questionable withdrawals from government accounts and demands for loans as well as the illegal engagement of accounting and auditing firms to balance the books of accounts of agencies of government used for the funding of elections of government sponsored candidates.”

The governor-elect therefore warned the general public and corporate organisations that any such transaction will not be respected by the incoming administration and enjoined the public and companies so concerned to exercise restraint and be diligent in these transactions.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government through its commissioner of finance, Mr Davou Mang, described the allegations as baseless and unsubstantiated, and advised the governor-elect to wait for his inauguration so that he could examine the hand-over notes that would be given to him to see if there was any untoward transaction.

According to him, with the computerisation of all government activities, it is very easy to see every transactions in the minutest details, adding that it is not easy to sell government property.

Mang said, “There is no need to cry wolf. Governments transactions are transparent.”

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