The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun state chapter, yesterday described Governor Rauf Aregbesola alleged approval of N50 million for fireworks and Christmas decorations in some major towns of the state as “wasteful spending and misplacement of priority”.
Since his administration was inaugurated in 2010, Governor Aregbesola approves funds during festive seasons for adornment of strategic places in Osogbo the state capital and some major towns with lightings decorations and fireworks.
But the state has experienced difficult financial constraint in recent times with workers being owed several months of salaries and contractors abandoning project sites, due to paucity of funds.
The financial quagmire the state is in informed the PDP’s decision to fault the Aregbesola administration’s plan to spend scarce resources on Christmas decorations.
The PDP in a statement issued in Osogbo by its Director of Media and Publicity, Prince Diran Odeyemi, claimed spending as much as N50 million on fireworks and lightings when workers in the state are being paid half salary with 5 months’ salary outstanding, “is absurd, a waste of scarce resources that suggests some people are hiding behind the project to steal public funds”.
The statement further reads: “Why would a sensitive governor at this critical period be planning to expend such a huge amount, that is only N5million short of the net Osun allocation after deductions of all debts for month of October, on fireworks, what are we celebrating in Osun?”
“In the past, Mr. Aregbesola had used this particular means to waste public funds and no one dare question him. But at this point that federal allocation of four years’ time had already been spent by Mr. Governor since last year August, then we are taking it upon ourselves to expose the shady deal”, it added.
The Osun PDP advised that, “if truly no one would benefit from the contract sum, the government should immediately suspend the plan because what people in Osun need at the moment is not Christmas decorations but their salary to buy food”.
“Obviously, Government House is not lacking food and other basic necessities. However, Mr. Governor should know majority of homes in Osun could no longer afford three square meal, no thanks to capital flight, irregular payment of salaries, non-payment for services rendered for government and poor patronage of local contractors by the present administration. In the light of these, Mr. Aregbesola should give pay workers salary and not fireworks through which some people will milk the state”, the statement concluded.
Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.
He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.
The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.
The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.
The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”
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