The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has opposed the N7billion loan sought by Governor Olusegun Mimiko, saying the state government was yet to account for N70billion indebtedness to financial institutions.
In a statement on Wednesday in Akure, party Spokesman, Omo’ba Adesanya, said Mr. Mimiko should give account of all the allocations accruing to the state since he took over from office six years ago.
Ironically, the loan request which was unanimously approved by the House of Assembly on Tuesday was supported by all APC members in the house.
In fact, the Minority Leader, Musa Mukaila, while seconding the motion to approve the loan, said a denial of the request amounted to “a denial of the dividends of democracy to the people of the state”.
But the APC spokesperson, Mr. Adesanya cautioned the Federal Government and the bank involved against granting the loan, noting that the projects executed by the governor so far were not commensurate with the projects he had executed with N44billion he met in the state coffers in 2009.
“The good people of Ondo State must ask Mimiko why the state must borrow another N7billion when over N70billion is yet to be cleared by the government,” he said.
“Mimiko is only trying to create a mess for the incoming government who will take over from him by 2017 thereby, such new governor will find it difficult to hit the ground running, like what President Muhammadu Buhari’s government inherited from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”
He alleged that the N7billion loan was only meant for the completion of the “Dome” project and the Fiwasaye/Oba-Ile/airport road, which were flagged off since 2009.
“Mimiko should explain to the people of Ondo State why he should be seeking for loans for the completion of the Fiwasaye/Oba-Ile/Airport road and the Dome Project for which N4.1billion and N1.5billion were respectively awarded,” Adesanya said.
“The little projects completed by the state government since its inception in 2009, does not justify the over N44billion it met in the state treasury and over N700billion allocation its has collected since 2009.
“Mimiko has only embarked on window dressing jobs while all our industries and ongoing projects embarked upon by his predecessor, late Governor Olusegun Agagu have been abandoned.”
According to him, Mr. Mimiko’s government came into office with a promise of turning Akure roads into “Washington DC and the Oyemekun/Oba Adeshida roads turned into six lanes.
“Houses and shops were demolished and this project was awarded for N3.2bilion. But, we were shocked that what the contractor could do was only the removal of street lights and construction of the median along the road for one year,” he said.
“The Ondo township road in the governor’s home town was flagged off around the same time at the cost of N3.8billion and up till now, the job is yet to be completed.”
He accused Mr. Mimiko of grounding the state and its commercial activities, while denying its residents social services.
But the publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Banji Okunomo, reacted to the allegations, saying the loan request was necessary to further enhance the economic environment and ensure that the people of the state continued to enjoy the benefits of good governance.
He also said that the Federal Government had continued to support states to secure loans to ease the burden of shortfalls in federal allocations, arguing that it was only fair that Ondo State access the window of opportunity to put smiles in the faces of the masses.
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