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PLATEAU: I inherited N307b debt from Lalong – Mutfwang

CALEB Mutfwang, governor of Plateau State, has revealed that Simon Lalong’s administration left his administration with a N307 billion debt load.

Mutfwang made this statement yesterday after reviewing the committees’ reports on the state’s transition and strategic development framework.

Professor Ganyir Lombin served as the chair of the two committees that looked into the problems.

Despite the state’s massive debt load, Mutfwang nonetheless declared his commitment to drive forward the state’s growth and his willingness to address it’s security issues.

“Throughout the campaign season, we were under the mistaken belief that our debt burden was around N200 billion; to hear that it is N307 billion is quite intimidating and worrisome,” Mutfwang said.

“But, by the special grace of God, these challenges we are confronted with are surmountable. Of particular concern is the issue of insecurity which, unfortunately, has become a major distraction for us.

“But we are confident that with the new security chiefs on the ground and the special adviser on security assuming responsibility, we will see a difference not too long from now.”

After receiving the report, the governor pledged to carefully review the data that was provided to him, as well as to begin more investigations and take the necessary steps.

Lombin had previously stated that the two committees, which included members appointed by the previous administration, were unable to give their reports together due to some logistical difficulties.

He said that the handover notes given to the governor on May 29 did not follow the jointly developed form that had been agreed upon.

According to him, N872 billion in revenue was generated for the state government between May 2015 and May 2023.

The report, he continued, only included total expenditures from May 2015 to December 2022 and left out those from January to May 2023.

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