The Anambra State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lampooned the state government for missing out of the N43.1b shared to states in the federation.
The PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Nnamdi Nwangwu who was speaking with journalists in Awka said the development has again confirmed the position of his party that the Obiano’s APGA controlled government is a colossal failure.
Nwangwu noted that it is shocking that Anambra State, which under the Peter Obi administration had always come up tops in all world Bank assisted projects, has today under Obiano, missed out of the World Bank Assisted States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme for Results Programs.
He pointed out that the nine indicators that should be in place before any of the thirty six states can access the fund border on fiscal transparency and accountability which according to him are clearly areas in which Obiano’s adminstration has been found wanting. The lack of transparency and grave mismanagement of resources had been the hallmark of this unfortunate administration.
He said that the money that would have come into Anambra State if the clueless APGA government has done the needful would have been for the betterment of the state and her people.
“It is very regrettable that states like Kaduna, Katsina and Benue as well as others qualified to get this grant while Anambra State, the Light of the Nation is just looking on.
“If this fund is not World Bank Assisted, the e-rats of the APGA controlled government would have been throwing up all manner of excuses to justify missing out. ” Nwangwu noted.
He said the latest development has again justified the position that Obiano’s APGA government can no longer be trusted with the administration of the state, any attempt to do so would be amount to burying the state alive. God forbid.
“We were all in Anambra when the administration of Mr Peter Obi was inviting every stakeholder in the state for pre and post meetings on budget preparation and budget performance respectively, that again has become history. The result of such neglect is what has manifested in Anambra missing out from list of 24 states who are beneficiaries of the fund. When people participate actively in budget preparation, it then becomes easier for them to track the performance of such a budget.
“I know that the APGA government would be quick to throw up a defense with their ill-concieved community choose your project initiative. Of course we have all seen how abysmally the initiative has performed.” He said.
The PDP image maker said rather than the initiative contributing to the growth and development of the communities, it has rendered the town union elections explosive as people now see winning town union elections as opportunity to lay their hands on Obiano’s cheap money, this according to him has also set some PGs in the state against their Traditional Rulers.
Nwangwu said emphatically that the good people of Anambra State are watching and waiting to get rid of the APGA government come 2021 when a PDP government that can be trusted with holistic development of the state will come on board.