A former special adviser to the former governor of Katsina State on SURE-P matters, Nasiru Ingawa, has revealed on Wednesday that part of the State SURE-P funds were used for campaigning for the 2015 election.
Disclosing this during a cross-examination before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry chaired by Justice Muhammad Surajo, Ingawa told the commission that a total of N5.7 billion was withdrawn in cash and he was among the signatories to the SURE-P accounts during the period.
And that the former governor, Ibrahim Shema, would instruct him to take the cash directly to the permanent secretary, Government House.
“Shema used to tell me: ‘Nasiru, bring the money I approved for you in a memo to my house in the night, we are going to use it for politics.”
He said Shema made it clear that all purchases in the department will be made directly and in cash without going through the tenders’ board.
Mr. Ingawa claimed he had always warned the ex-governor against bypassing the tenders board. He also explained that some of the SURE-P programmes were partially implemented while others were not implemented at all. He said:
“For the programmes that were partially implemented, half of the money went to the programme, while the remaining amount went to the governor.”
He cited an example of the Empowerment programme in which cash was to be given to 200 indigents in each of the 34 local government areas of the state as one of those partially implemented programmes, adding that the actual amount given to each person was N20,000.
The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, programme was established by Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012 as a way of re-investing savings from fuel subsidy removal and also to ensure proper management of the funds that accrued to the Federal Government from the partial withdrawal of subsidy.
However, the scheme has come under heavy scrutiny from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after investigation revealed several mismanagement of fund.