The Special Adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang has accused Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa-Ibom of using the people of the State as collateral for loan during his tenure (29 May, 2007 – 29 May, 2015).
Enang who also alleged that the current Governor of the State, Udom Emmanuel used State funds to pay off loan accrued by Akapbio, said: “If Akwa Ibom workers complain (that their salaries have not been paid), then something is wrong with governance. Something is wrong with the application of the funds. Something is wrong with the way you treat the people.”
The former senator said Mr. Emmanuel’s administration was coming to the state as a “receiver” because “Akwa Ibom was almost broke and owing one particular bank too much”.
“The bank had to post a governor to Akwa Ibom, and that process of posting a governor as a receiver has been completed by the fact that the governor is from that particular bank,” he said.
He further stated, “And that bank has now seconded (its staffer) as the accountant-general to the state, so that when the governor authorises payment to the bank, the accountant-general will execute it.”
Mr. Enang, who challenged journalists to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out the state of Akwa Ibom finances, said the governor should be open enough to tell the people the debt profile of the state and how much money the government was paying out monthly to service loans.