The Good Governance Tour team said ACN governors have “something to hide.”
For the second time in one week, the Labaran Maku-led ‘Good Governance Tour’ team has hit out at a state governor who criticised the project.
On the occasion of his 2,100th day in office, Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State Governor, had described the tour as “an attempt to appear busy” because the federal government “have no project to inspect.”
Mr. Fashola’s statement fell in line with his party man and Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, who turned down the tour team’s request that the state provide feeding and accommodation “as agreed.”
In a statement, Friday, the team said it viewed the Lagos Governor’s utterance “with concern and deep regret” because the federal government has a huge stake in the governance of Lagos State.
“Governor Fashola should be appreciative of the Federal Government because far more than other states, the entire Lagos State like Abuja, runs on Federal Government infrastructure and services and Fashola knows that the Federal Government is doing a lot to keep Lagos State moving,” Samuel Ajayi, the Coordinator National, Good Governance Tour, said in the statement.
The Good Governance Tour, led by Mr. Maku, the Information Minister, began in September last year, with Abuja hosting the inaugural event.
With over 100 delegates comprising of state officials, journalist, civil groups, and nongovernmental organizations, the team intends to visit all states to highlight federal and state government projects.
However, the tour, which has seen Mr. Maku and his team visit 15 states across the North-central, South-East and the South-South Geo-political Zones, has continued to elicit criticisms from some Nigerians.
Something to hide
Last week, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, labelled the tour “a big scam.”
“I am happy that Oshiomhole told the leader of the Good Governance Tour, Labaran Maku, to go to hell,” said Mr. Soyinka, throwing his weight behind the Edo State Governor.
Both Messrs. Oshiomhole and Fashola belong to the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria.
Mr. Ajayi referred to this in the statement, insinuating that the governors have skeletons hidden.
“It is obvious that Governors of a certain partisan persuasion are nervous about the impending tour of their states,” the statement continued.
“This clearly demonstrates that they have something to hide. If not, why are they afraid of the tour of projects in their states?”
The statement further reiterated that the tour is non-partisan and that all the 36 state governors were part of the planning.
“It must be shocking to all who are familiar with how the Tour was conceived, and is being implemented, that it has taken Governor Fashola nearly six months to dissociate the Lagos State Government from the Tour,” the statement read.
“For the records, Lagos State was duly represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, on the committee set up by the Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, to ratify the template for the Tour.
“The final framework was approved by all state Governors without exception.”