… says FG owes Jigawa N12 billion for airport
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
For all the projects he carried in the state for eight years, the immediate past Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido has said that he did not borrow a dime from any bank to fund those projects.
He also said that the total contractual liability of the state at the time he left office stood at about N13 billion but added that it could come to about N2 billion if the money he left behind for verified projects and the debt owed the state by the federal government was settled, it could come down to N2 billion.
Lamido said that he judiciously applied the funds that accrued to the state and executed many monumental projects, including the N17 billion International Airport, without approaching any financial institution for loan as was the practice by most of his colleagues.
The former governor, who made the revelation in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Kano, said that the Federal Government was owing the state N12 billion in respect of the airport, which former President Jonathan promised to build.
Lamido said: “I did my best to run the state with available resources. I did not borrow a penny from any company or from any bank or from anybody in Nigeria for the purpose of doing anything in the eight years I spent as a governor.
On how he was able to build the airport without any loan facility, the former governor pointed out that he sourced money from the state’s main line budget because he had a commitment from the Federal Government that it was going to build an International airport in the state.
“I had a commitment from the Federal government that and I decided to be smart by starting the building of the airport with the hope that when the federal government pays us we can use the refund to do other things.
“That is why I said that the federal government is owing Jigawa State N12 billion for the airport. We spent N17 billion to build it and the government has so far remitted N5 billion to the state, leaving a balance of N12 billion