Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the USA and former senator representing Adamawa Central from 2003 to 2011, Prof. Jibril Aminu, has decried what he termed state governors’ unhindered access to spending of public funds.
Aminu, who is a professor of cardiology and at various times served as Minister of Education and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, voiced his concern on Saturday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital while speaking at the third edition of Adamawa Community Dialogue.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was organised by an NGO, Adamawa Community Advancement Initiative (ACAI).
The former senator lamented a situation where a governor could collect and spend state resources at will without recourse to due process, saying for the country to make progress, such unwholesome practices must be checked.
He also decried the situation in the country where governors handle state and local government resources like their personal property.
“A governor just sends for the Accountant-General, who very often is his best friend; maybe his cousin too to bring money”, he said.
Prof. Aminu noted that he had had cause in the past to comment on the excesses of governors, who he said, hijacked council funds and even attempted to control the federal government through the governors’ forum.
He, however, lauded ACAI for its effort to promote unity and good governance in Adamawa. He urged the organisation not to relent in its efforts to ensure that the state and nation’s resources were judiciously utilised for the benefit of the people.
He condemned politics of sentiments, saying that those promoting such sentiments use it as screen to cover up their failure.
“Ethnicity, religion and other pettiness are all symptoms of non-performance; people who fail use ethnicity and religion as something to hang on”, he said.
Mr. Aminu urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by the current challenges facing the nation but remain resolute and determined to reject negative thinking and work towards nation building.
“We are rich, our people are intelligent and we have all the potentials”, Mr. Aminu said. (NAN)