PDP accuses Niger governor of re-nominating ‘failures’ as commissioners

By Priscilla Campbell,

The Niger State chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has berated Governor Abubakar Sani Bello administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of re-nominating those he earlier called “failures” as commissioner-nominees.
It would be recalled that Governor Bello sent 17 names as commissioner-nominees including nine returnees that served during his first term to the state House of Assembly.
The party in a press statement by the state Chairman, Tanko Beji, on Friday accused the government of wasting over N10 billion in the past five years on nothing.
He stated, "The list of commissioner-nominees which is coming five good months after Governor Abubakar Sani Bello's second term inauguration, is rather a list of below average men and women. It also include mostly persons, who Governor Bello himself scored as "failures" in his first term of four years that ended without commissioning of any single project yet several billions of naira were expended.
"The PDP is most appalled that the same men and women who superintended over the construction of a N2 billion wasteful fence around the Government House, N3 billion on "Maintenance" of the N1.7 billion (built and equipped by Babangida of PDP) brand New Jummai Babangida Aliyu Neonatal Hospital Extension Minna, wasted N4.7 billion for the damaged Minna - Abuja, Tegina- Birnin Gwari Road maintenance, wasteful investment summit that yielded zero investment but cost the state hundreds of millions."

According to him, "we recall with pains that the governor has wasted millions of Naira and useful time traveling up and down within and without, signing all types of MoU running into hundreds without even one executed.
"Given what we have seen so far in the last five wasted years, and several billions of Naira disappeared with no single project worth N2 billion physical or invisible, Governor Bello and his party, the APC, will do well to go on a crash course in any of the PDP states and take a quick glimpse into the following documents developed by the PDP, vision 3:2020 and moving forward Action plan.

"The promised and failed power plants come to mind, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with broad -based communication to train 500 youths, MoU with Dangote Sugar, MoU with Hungarian investor, MoU with Vyonarc Dev. Ltd, MoU with Roche, MoU with Bill and Melinda Gates, MoU with FGN on Zungeru water, UN- Habitat agreement, Fish MoU with All State's Investment Ltd, MoU with USADF and many more to mention."
Beji also stated, “The PDP cannot in anyway understand that people who claim after screening of the civil servants and paying several billions from the Finance Ministry as salaries have now come up with a tactics to frustrate the implementation of minimum wage of N30,000."
The PDP chairman added, "Governor Sani Bello is only rewarding those who claimed they discovered 1,000 "ghost workers" with commissionership positions."

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