Group asks EFCC to probe Good Governance Tour

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

The group said there is no presence of the current Nigerian government in Bauchi State.

A pressure group, the Bauchi Alliance for Good Governance, BAGG, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe the ongoing Good Governance Tour being led by Information Minister, Labaran Maku.

The group, in a statement on Wednesday, signed by its president, Chindo Abdulsalam, also accused Mr. Maku of running a political face saving and image laundering tour on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, who it said has failed to fulfil most of his campaign promises, especially to Bauchi State.

The statement called on Bauchi Governor, Isa Yuguda, to toe the path of his Edo State colleague by shunning the team whenever it arrives in Bauchi.

“Labaran Maku leads a team of 120 people claiming to inspect projects awarded by the Jonathan administration and such projects are not in existence in Bauchi State,” the statement said.

The group said Bauchi has not benefitted from President’s Goodluck Jonathan’s administration; hence it will be a waste to spend the state’s scare resources on hosting the Good Governance Tour team.

The group asked Governor Yuguda to “borrow a leaf from his Edo State colleague and tell the team off.”

The Tour, which had commenced smoothly from the North Central states, has also visited states from the South East and South South.

The Tour has of late come under heavy attacks particularly from governors elected under opposition parties. First to fire the Salvo was Kashim Shettima of Borno, who also complained of lack of federal presence in the state, and then Edo’s Adams Oshiomhole, who said he doesn’t need a federal team to come guide him to show the people of the state what he has achieved.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos also described the Tour as a waste of resources.

But Mr. Maku and some governors insist that the tour is a joint effort between his Ministry, the Presidency and the Nigeria Governors Forum.

BAGG asked Mr. Maku to call off the tour which they described as a “jamboree of deceit”.

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