Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has gotten a warning shot from Senator Dino Melaye over what the Senator describes as illegality being perpetuated by the governor.
Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, says Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, will end up in prison for alleged corruption.
The Senator in a tweet on Tuesday, he said he would sue Bello and members of the state house of assembly over “the illegality of the L.G caretaker chairmen.”
Melaye said he was fine-tuning his petition which would make the whole world shocked.
“I’m heading to court this week to sue Yahaya Bello and Kogi State House of Assembly over the illegality of the L.G caretaker chairmen,” he tweeted.
“From my concluded investigation they will all end up in prison for corruption. We are fine tuning our petition and the world will be shocked.. SDM.”
Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM)@dino_melaye
I’m heading to court this week to sue Yahaya Bello & Kogi State House of Assembly over the illegality of the L.G caretaker chairmen. From my concluded investigation they will all end up in prison for corruption. We are fine tuning our petition and the world will be shocked..
SDM On at least two occasions, the governor has had cause to extend the tenure of the transition committee chairmen of the 21 local government in the state by six months.
Bello, in a letter to the assembly in October, said there was no funds to conduct elections at the local government level.
“This administration would have preferred to hold election at the various councils but our financial realities have constrained us to focus on salaries and recovery from the recent natural disaster, among other pressing needs,” he said.
“It, therefore, falls on the assembly to keep our local government administration running within the ambit of the law by again extending the tenures of the transition committees in our local government areas.”
BudgIT, a civic organisation, has asked the Cross River state government to halt its “controversial” superhighway project over “undue financial hazard”.
In a statement, Shakir Akorede, communications associate, BudgIT accused Ben Ayade, governor of the state, of planning to defraud the people with a project that is “overly ambitious and almost a misplaced priority”.
Quoting a report, the organisation said Cross River government had transmitted a letter to the house of assembly to approve modalities for the repayment through irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO) for N300 million per month for a period of 180 years.
BudgIT said it is financially myopic for the state to pursue the project, especially with its approved budget not reflecting the realities of its total revenue uptake.
“For the umpteenth time, BudgIT is blowing alarm over this attempt to hold public resources to ransom,” the statement read.
“Suspecting an obstinate intention of the Ayade government to defraud the people of Cross River, we deem the project overly ambitious, superfluous and almost a misplaced priority especially – besides its viability to investors – when there has been hardly any explanation on ‘infallible plans’ to upscale the state revenue and clear cumulative debts let alone fix the human and environmental costs of the project.
“With a budget estimate of N648 billion, the 275km Superhighway fails all tests of fiscal sustainability and proper procurement process, as the state government has unacceptably failed to name the investors, four years down the drain.
“Cross River has the 4th largest external debt among Nigerian states all thanks to its obsession with phantom projects without federal government institutional support. As of December 31, 2018, the state’s domestic debt stood at N167.96 billion, according to the Debt Management Office of Nigeria (DMO).
“In the whole of 2017, Cross River was only able to generate total revenue of N41.6 billion, with its internally generated revenue accounting for 34.58% – N18.1bn.
Yet, the government has come up with a proposed budget of N1.4 trillion for the 2019 fiscal year.
“The state government claims that investors will make returns on their investment through collected toll fees from vehicles and trucks that ply the highway, evacuating the proposed Bakassi deep sea port.
Our analysis has, however, showed that it will take over 100 years for the funds to be recouped.”
BudgIT advised the state government to focus its funds on viable and more financially realistic projects such as information technology hubs, renewable energy facilities.
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