FG owes Sokoto Govt N7bn
• As Wamakko lambast Jonathan
By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Governor Aliyu Wamakko has disclosed that the Federal government under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan has withheld funds spent by the Sokoto state government on Federal Road Projects to the tune of N7,099,000,000.
The governor made the disclosure in Sokoto on Wednesday when he presented the 2015 budget before the State House of Assembly.
According to him, the compelling need to ensure the completion of ongoing projects was stalled by the dwindling economic fortunes in addition to the state government’s inability to secure the reimbursement of monies spent on federal road projects.
“It is pertinent to mention that, the contingent action was also as a result of our inability to secure the reimbursement of N7.099 billion from the Federal government on Federal Roads Projects, which we have executed sequel to assurance that the sum would be refunded to the state government,” Wamakko lamented.
He however explained that he was not regretting the action of the state government in embarking on the projects because they had impacted on the lives of Sokoto people. “It is imperative to put it on record that we have not secured the reimbursement from the Federal government, in spite of follow-ups,” he said.
Expressing worries over insecurity, Wamakko stated that save for the gloomy period of the unfortunate civil war, “at no time in history had Nigerians become more apprehensive or disenchanted over the benighted acts of terrorism and bad leadership at the centre.
“The prevailing impunity, which had blended with clueless and watery economic policies as well as insecurity, has been devastating. Financial realities have continuously depicted unhappy concerns as reflected by slumps in the oil market and in fact as aggravated, especially in the North, by the growing insurgency, which tremendously affected commercial activities,” Wamakko chided Jonathan.
According to the governor, “In the context of the prevailing pathetic security problem that is afflicting us, the harrowing insurgency that has resulted in killing and maiming of thousands of innocent people in the Arewa geopolitical zone, it is imperative to emphasize on the need for constant prayers to Allah to deliver us from these calamities.”
The governor further stated that amidst the “disturbing scenario and lethargic concern over our plights by government at the centre,” Nigerians had remained composed. “Visibly, all attempts to cook-up statistical data to portray that things are in order in this country, are far from the reality,” he said.
Advising the people to be vigilant and pragmatic in finding ways that could lead the country out from the dark tunnel, Wamakko added that “it is sad to see that those who have the sacred responsibility of protecting the citizenry are by all judgements, doing very little to salvage the situation.”
He called on the people to come out enmass in order to effect a change that, according to him, would deliver Nigerians from the clutches of bad leadership in Nigeria.
“In deed, it is very discernible that under the PDP-led administration, insecurity is atrocious; education has collapsed; infrastructural decay is quite abysmal; and that corruption has reached the topmost roof – a long tale of woes! In Shakespeare’s words, the Nigerian case at the moment, is that of “troubles coming not in single Spies but in Battalions,” Wamakko’s venom further poured.
He observed that the choice of Buhari as APC presidential candidate had demonstrated that true democracy has germinated in the country, summing up that “The toga of apathy, which had hitherto bred inequity and bad leadership, will by the grace of God be a matter of history.”
Posted by Abdallah el-Kurebe