APC implores Ishaku to make public refunds for federal roads repair
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State yesterday urged Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to disclose the exact amount the state collected as refund from the Federal Government for federal roads constructed across the state by the administration of late Governor Danbaba Suntai.
The leadership of the party, while making the demand through the state chairman, Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi and the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Alhaji Hassan Ardo Jika, expressed dismay at the snail speed of development in the state despite the refund of the said fund and the incessant monthly allocations.
The duo alleged that over N10 billion had been refunded to the state in 2019 but the amount had not been made public even though Ishaku had severally told the media that the state had written to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing demanding for such refunds to enable the state continue the rehabilitation of roads across the state.
While Jika held that it was in the spirit of public accountability and transparency that the state government should make public what it had received as refund to enable stakeholders monitor the use of such funds in the public interest, El-Sudi admonished the state House of Assembly to appropriate all funds accruing to the state to ensure transparency and accountability.
According to Jika: “I wish to, once again, remind the leadership of the state House of Assembly to be up and doing in carrying out its responsibilities in protecting the interests of the public and indeed the constitution they all swore to defend and not to remain adamant in the face of its violation.”
El-Sudi said: “The governor has always asked the people of the state to give him peace and he will give them development but despite the relative peace across the state, there was no development to show.”He alleged that the present administration had not initiated a single project since assumption of office for a second term in May 2019.
Meanwhile, not comfortable by the decision of the chieftains and the party (APC), the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu, said he was not in the position to confirm whether the amount alleged to have been received as refunds from the Federal Government for federal roads fixed by the state government was right or wrong.
He, however, dismissed all allegations by the opposition party chieftains as speculation and demanded them to produce evidence. Dan-Abu, who described the chieftains “as a group of failed politicians who were still suffering from the defeat they suffered in the 2019 general election, and subsequently in several courts of law where they attempted to upturn an election that was freely given to Governor Ishaku,” admonished them to sheathe their swords and join hands with Ishaku’s administration.
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