The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa has rejected the State Government’s planned N100 billion bond.
The state House of Assembly at an emergency plenary on May 10, approved the executive arm’s request to collect the N100 billion bond.
Reacting to the approval, the APC in a statement on Thursday in Yola by its state Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, accused the state government of allegedly mortgaging the future of the state.
“As the most viable and visible opposition party in the state, we are worried and disturbed for the request and approval of N100 billion Agric business bond by the state government.
“The people of Adamawa should understand that the present and future of the state has been ambushed by this act of the executive and legislative arms in the state.
“Apart from the N100 billion bond that had been approved, there are still numerous other loans collected by the same PDP-led administration of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri in 2019 and 2020,” Abdullahi said.
He alleged that from May 2020 to date, the PDP-led administration in the state had collected loans of about N43 billion, which he alleged could not be properly accounted for.
“As an opposition, we are taking it as a duty to protect the common interest of people of Adamawa.
“We are calling our National Assembly Members, Central Bank, Debt Management Office and the EFFC to come to the rescue of the state by investigating the matter,” Abdullahi said.
But Alhaji Adamu Atiku, the state’s Commissioner for Works, said the opposition always found some negative side to criticise.
Atiku, who was fielding questions about the controversial bond, said the N100 billion bond that was recently approved by the state legislature was specifically for agro-business.
“You know, the opposition always oppose and find some negative side to criticise.
“The facility is to be utilised over four years; that means every year, the state government required N25 billion for the business,” he explained.
The commissioner said that livestock alone contributed almost 50 per cent of the state total gross domestic product.
According to him, there are huge economic potentials in the livestock sector and the government will take maximum advantage of that.
“Lagos for example is annually generating N100 billion from slaughtering cattle and almost all the cattle are from here (Adamawa).
“So we have decided to have a great portion from that market by investing heavily and transforming the agricultural sector in the state.
“So, the N100 billion will be used judiciously to help realise these potentials,” Atiku said.