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Fact-finding committee finds irregularities in NBGS annual budget

Author : | Published: Friday, June 5, 2015

A committee formed by the Northern State parliament to investigate the collection and spending of government revenues has found that some money has been misappropriated.

It says that revenues generated within the state went to individual pockets.

The four-man committee was mandated to find out how the state annual budget of more than 212 million pounds was spent.

In a report to the parliament, the committee said it found irregularities.

“The committee found the mismanagement of local revenues. The money collected was sent to the ministry of finance, it was used by the people who are collecting,” said Garang Zacharia, member of the investigation team.

“There is an issue of 60% between the collecting institution and the ministry of finance; you find lots of money being collected but does not reach where it was supposed to be taken. We found that the state was collecting more than what was projected.”

The state assembly also required the committee to establish if some 1.2 million US dollars borrowed from the national government was all spent on buying 24 cars.

Mr Garang said part of the money was diverted.

“The committee found that only $1.037 million was used to purchase 24 cars according to the documents we saw while $163,000,000 remained in the state and was used solely by the former caretaker governor.”

Efforts to reach the former Caretaker Governor, Kuel Aguer Kuel have not been successful.

But Mr Garang says the parliament will summon all the officials named in the report to explain themselves on the alleged misappropriation.


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