Sokoto APC slams Gov Tambuwal over loan request
The All Progressives Congress in Sokoto State has condemned Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration for alleged impropriety in the state’s budgets and incessant loan requests.
According to the State APC Chairman, Sadiq Achida, “the 2023 Budget presented to the State Assembly indicated poor recognition of people’s well-being and improvement of critical sectors across the state.”
Achida made the allegations at a news conference on Tuesday in Sokoto, while highlighting “expenditure of N1.5 billion for vehicles to political office holders, reduplication of projects, N914 million for COVID-19 provisions, and procurement of dilapidated buildings belonging to NICON to the tune of N300 million have negated the priority needs of citizens.”
He further claimed that “seven years of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration in Sokoto state had recorded high poverty ratings by the National Bureau of Statistics.”
According to him, “poor attention accorded to health, education, social, and infrastructure development had necessitated the floating of poverty among citizens.”
“In the budget, we saw nothing but the misplacement of priorities, a bundle of contradictions aimed at uplifting the personal comfort of political office holders, over and above the provision of essential services to the people.”
“It is disheartening that the governor said little, if any, about the performance of the outgoing budget, but rather decided to bury the details of his government’s failures, to avoid public scrutiny”.
Achina added that the party had aligned with APC lawmakers in the state assembly on the face-off, arising from moves to secure additional loans by the government.
He further said, “the request to secure about N3.5 billion domestic loan was uncalled for as the moves met stiff resistance from APC members of the house.”
According to him, “based on assembly members’ presentations, a total of N89 billion in loans had been approved by the house since its inauguration after the last elections.”
He argued that the expenditures are without commensurate performance to justify further securing of additional loans.
“With the latest request, the APC members insisted that the political heads of the relevant ministries or departments should be invited to brief the house on the desirability of the loans.”
“We are calling on the banks approached to be wary as the present government tenure has very few months to leave”.