The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is worried about the wasteful and unnecessary jamboree that attended the recent turning of sod for the construction of Atan Lusada Agbara road by the State Governor and his crop of “imported” friends who turned the event to another political road show.
In all honesty, we are persuaded to thank and appreciate the Governor for thinking along our great party at least for once. It is an irreducible fact that the Free Trade Zone was a brain child of PDP administration. It was one of the several developmental strides initiated and conceptualised by the PDP government between 2003- 2011.
As a matter of fact, this project could have been completed as planned but for an APC government that took over government in 2011 with reckless abandonment of all on going projects in the State.
As a reasonable and responsible opposition party, we are inclined to praise and give kudos to the ruling government when appropriate. The biggest challenge we have however, in the last two years, is that the ruling APC government has become so uninspiring in core areas of governance especially with its try and error attitude.
While appreciating the government for bringing back a PDP giant stride, we equally frown at the political jamboree which was on display at the event. It was clearly needless and wasteful. It further exposed the callous insensitivity of the ruling government to the plight of the people especially considering the fact that Ogun state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) figures have witnessed steady decline in recent period.
Apart from this, It is also a fact that Ogun state government’s share of the federation account has been dropping due to reduced income accruing to the Federation.
Therefore, we would have expected that the volume of millions expended on the unnecessary funfare was spent on paying part of the workers over 15 months deductions and allowances that the government still owes the workers.
We condemn, in strong terms such wasteful expenditure when major areas requiring urgent attention inclusive of measures aimed at ameliorating the economic plight of the citizenry are left unattended to.
Again, we challenge the government to make the full details of current cost of the road project available for public probity and scrutiny. The ruling government owes it a duty to the teeming members of the public to inform them of the residual damage done to their purse by the government via the project.