PDP lambasts Gov. Bello for allegedly wasting N10b ‘on nothing’

The People’s Democratic Party in Niger State has lambasted the All Progressives Congress-led administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for expending over N10 billion in the past five years “on nothing”.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Tanko Beji, also blamed the Governor in a signed statement made available to our Correspondent on Friday that for re-nominating below average men and women he earlier scored as “failures”.
According to Beji: “The PDP is most appalled that the same men and women who superintendend over the construction of a N2 billion wasteful fence around the Government House, N3 billion on ‘Maintenance’ of the N1.7 billion (built and equipped by Babangida of PDP) brand New Jummai Babangida Aliyu Neonatal Hospital Extension Minna.
“He wasted N4.7 billion for the damaged Minna-Abuja, Tegina-Birnin Gwari Road maintenance, wasteful investment summit that yielded zero investment but cost the state hundreds of millions.
“We recall with pains that the Governor have wasted millions of Naira and useful time traveling up and down within and without, signing all types of MoU running into hundreds without even one executed.
“Given what we have seen so far in the last five wasted years, and several billions of Naira disappeared with no single project worth N2billion physical or invisible, Governor Bello and his party, the APC will do well to go on a crash course in any of the PDP states and take a quick glimpse into the following documents developed by the PDP, vision 3:2020 and moving forward Action plan.
“The promised and failed power plants comes to mind, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with broad-based communication to train 500 youths, MoU with Dangote Sugar, MoU with Hungarian investor, MoU with Vyonarc Dev. Ltd, MoU with Roche, MoU with Bill and Melinda Gates, MoU with FGN on Zungeru water, UN- Habitat agreement, Fish MoU with All State’s investment ltd, MoU with USADF and many more numerous to mention.”
It should be noted that nine out of the 17 nominees are returnees who served in the first tenure of Governor Sani Bello.
According to Beji: “We received with utmost disbelief the much anticipated list of commissioner nominees by the Niger State Governor.
“The list which is coming five good months after Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s second term inauguration, is rather a list of below average men and women, this also include mostly persons, Governor Bello himself scored as ‘failures’ in his first term of four years that ended without commissioning of any single project yet several billions of Naira were expended.”
Speaking on the N30,000 minimum wage, Beji expressed dismay, saying the PDP cannot in anyway understand that people who claim after screening of the civil servants and paying several billions from the Ministry of Finance as salaries have now come up with a tactics to frustrate the implementation of minimum wage of N30,000.
He said: “Governor Sani Bello is only rewarding those who claimed they discover 1,000 ‘ghost workers’ with commissionership positions.
“This is a tactics not to pay the new minimum wage as the PDP is very much aware that the state Government finances are in a dangerous red, all resources both from federation allocation and internally generated revenues have been wasted on a few proxy companies with close links to people in Government and or people related to people in Government for doing nothing.”

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