The ranking of Gombe as the second most corrupt state in Nigeria by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has drawn the reaction of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
The State governor while speaking at an event to mark the 2019 Anti-Corruption Day in Gombe, blamed the poor ranking on his predecessor, ex-governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Gov. Yahaya said the past administration under the guise of embarking on projects stole the state dry.
The governor lamented alleged inability of Dankwambo administration to pay outstanding state pensions and gratuities owed to retired civil servants in spite of a huge bailout fund, budget support and the Paris Club refund by the federal government.
Recall that in the NBS report, Kogi is listed as the most corrupt state, followed by Gombe and Rivers while Imo is the least corrupt state in the country.