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With Unpaid Salaries, Governor Akeredolu’s Proposed N2billion Governor’s Lodge, Wasteful — Ondo PDP




The Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) in Ondo State has condemned the transfer by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to construct one other Governor’s Lodge.


The opposition get together alleged that it was conscious that the sum of N2 billion had been earmarked for the brand new governor’s lodge, describing it as not solely wasteful but in addition ridiculous.


Final Friday, Akeredolu laid the muse of a brand new Governor’s Lodge on the Authorities Home, Alagbaka, Akure. 

He had defined that the one constructed by his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko has a number of defects which pose an enormous risk to human lives. 

He additionally famous that the constructing seems to be weak and will collapse anytime. 

However, whereas talking with journalists in Akure on Thursday, the State PDP Chairman, Fatai Adams mentioned the development of a brand new lodge was a waste of the state’s assets. 

He additionally defined that the fund earmarked for the lodge ought to have been used to construct significant infrastructure for the good thing about the folks and never a number of in authorities. 

In accordance with him, the federal government of Akeredolu has misplaced route if it is proposing a brand new governor’s lodge whereas it has a backlog of unpaid salaries of staff and in addition owes well being staff within the state. 

Adams additionally lamented the mass resignation of over 100 medical medical doctors within the state as a result of incapacity of the federal government to pay their salaries and allowances.

He mentioned, “Whereas the current administration of Akeredolu has a backlog of unpaid salaries of staff, it’s proposing to construct a N2 billion Governor’s Lodge in Akure.

“This isn’t solely ridiculous however the surest proof that the governor has fully misplaced route. Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Akeredolu’s predecessor constructed a befitting Governor’s Lodge in 2013, a number of years earlier than Akeredolu assumed the reins of presidency. 

“To spend N2 billion of taxpayers’ cash on one other Governor’s Lodge at the moment is the peak of callousness and wasteful. 

“The N2 billion can be utilized in constructing infrastructures like roads, colleges, and reconstruction of the dilapidated hospitals within the state. 

“As an illustration, the cash for the development of this new governor’s lodge will also be utilized in repairing college buses that had been off the highway for some time now.” 

In its response, the state authorities in an announcement signed by the Commissioner for Info and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, mentioned the criticism by the PDP didn’t come as a shock. 

He accused the earlier PDP-led authorities within the state of leaving for his administration seven months of unpaid salaries. 

The assertion titled ‘New Governor’s Lodge & PDP’s Tough Path,’ mentioned, “Amongst others, the place of the opposition get together had thrived at an inclement path of a fruitless incitement because it incredulously, recommended that Ondo State doesn’t want a befitting Governor’s Lodge. 

“It’s a conceded indisputable fact that an opposition get together is at liberty to criticise any Authorities together with after all, the indiscretional show of ignorance on problems with governance.

The misplaced allusion to the Governor’s Lodge in addition to the weak nexus between similar and the difficulty of salaries betrays an unpardonable amnesia on the a part of a politcal get together. It turns into immeasurably uncanny if such get together had left the stage with essentially the most uncharitable legacy of ‘unpaid seven months salaries’.

“Maybe, PDP deserves to know that the envisioned Governor’s Lodge is among the many plethora of iconic initiatives focused with the yet-to-be-fully accessed BOND. Suggesting subsequently, that Authorities ought to ‘shelve’ the venture for salaries clearly exhibits a gross lack of awareness of how Bonds work. They’re, as Particular Objective technique of funding developmental initiatives, inconvertible to money, therefore undrawable by anybody.

“Moderately than abandon the welfare of staff for months with out regret beneath any guise, the Ondo State Authorities led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN shall, always, evolve ingenious means to deal with the difficulty of salaries within the face of excruciating international financial challenges.”

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