Don’t politicise ecological fund probe report, El-Rufai tells Jonathan
• Shehu Sani faults refinery project
Governor Nasir el-Rufai yesterday cautioned former President Goodluck Jonathan against personalising the outcome of the investigation into the nation’s ecological funds, maintaining that the report was too factual to be denied.
The governor, who spoke through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan at a press briefing in Kaduna, said Jonathan should have waited for the presentation of the final report before making remarks.
He said: “On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Malam Nasir El-Rufai presented an interim report of the National Economic Council (NEC) Ad hoc Committee on the
Management of Ecological Fund. This committee was set up on April 27, 2017, with 11 members, including seven governors, ministers and permanent secretaries.
“Following the presentation of the interim report, Malam Nasir el-Rufai briefed the press on the highlights of the report in his capacity as chairman of the ad hoc committee. The interim report detailed how 17 states each received N2 billion direct support from the Ecological Fund in 2013.
“The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Ebonyi, Delta, Enugu and Taraba.”
The governor denied soliciting a ministerial appointment or campaign money from the former President.
Describing the allegations as a ruse, he asked Jonathan to address the issues raised by the committee.
Meanwhile, the representative of Kaduna Central Senatorial, Shehu Sani, has faulted the proposed plan by the government to build a refinery in the state.
Speaking when he received hundreds of youths from Zaria and other communities who came to ask him to vie for the 2019 governorship election, lamented the level of development in the state.
The youths, under the auspices of Senator Shehu Sani Contact and Mobilisation Committee, said their decision was informed by his populist posture in driving development in the state.
The Zaria chapter chairman of the group, Alhaji Yakubu Umar, said the state was in dire need of purposeful development which the senator could reenact.