Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State revealed that his administration inherited a debt of N307 billion from his predecessor, Simon Lalong.
The governor made this statement on Monday upon receiving the reports from the committees headed by Professor Ganyir Lombin, which had been tasked with examining the state’s transition and strategic development framework.
Despite the daunting debt burden and existing security challenges, Mutfwang conveyed his strong resolve to steer the state towards significant progress and development.
He said: “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.
“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.”
The governor has pledged to thoroughly review the report he received, stating that it will be carefully examined.