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I only spent N1.2bn on funeral not N2.3bn – Fmr. Bauchi Governor

Valentine Chinyem

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Sequel to allegations from the incumbent govenor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, accusing the the former governor of the state, Mohammed Abubakar, of spending N2.3 billion on funeral materials.

The former governor has refuted the claim, saying he only spent N1.2 billion on funerals.

This was made known by his media aide, Mukhtar Jibril, who said, the former governor inherited the practice of buying funeral materials from his predecessors.

He added that the purchases passed through due process and awarded to qualified contractors.

“In response to media reports on the issue of mahogany and shrouds procured for burials, we want to state that this is a practice inherited by the government of Abubakar from its predecessors. Considering its significance and impact on the people, especially the bereaved, it decided to continue with it,” he said.

“However, the project, like any other of the same magnitude, was awarded to qualified contractors. Based on the available verifiable record, N1,270,743,520 had been expended since its inception and not the exaggerated figure of N2.3 billion mischievously posted on the social media by critics.

“We urge the good people of the state to disregard this insinuation and act of desperation by elements of retrogression.

”Besides, every contract awarded was subjected to the scrutiny and appraisal of the due process agency in accordance with public procurement law, contract agreement, payment of tax due on such contracts and other requirements.”