What happened to the oil money?
This is the question like the delicious chewing gum for the opposition parties which have been playing its role in the Kurdistan Parliament and using this slogan “What Happened to the Oil Income” for the election propaganda purposes continuously at the seminars and on the TV screens! Some representatives of the opposition usually appear somewhere and tell the fabricated story about the oil income and the missing income calculations penny by penny, then telling it in millions and billions of first Iraqi dinars, and then in the USA dollars, thus confusing the people by all kinds of miscalculations and baseless allegations! And they repeat the same story time and again to the befuddled Kurdish public, while they do not present any reliable data concerning the oil income. So people ask them why all these discrepancies in all the calculations and what has happened? Their answer is that it has been spent! Spent on what? We all know how the Kurdistan situation was when Saddam Hussein was forced to leave the region for us. Kurdistan was completely destroyed and lay in ruins. Saddam destroyed 4000 villages; he destroyed bridges, damaged roads and schools, even bombarded Mosques! The parks and forests were burned; the rivers and lakes were dried by putting huge blocs of concrete. Everybody knows how the situation of water and electricity was, and how is the current situation? I will take Hawler (Arbil) as an example; according to the data (facts and figures) and what they tell us. You see there are the checks and balances which are based on reality, no one can deny that! Hawler (Arbil) was called by someone in the past, the big village! Now it has been chosen as the capital of tourism in the entire Middle Eeast. How about the electricity, as it is the important factor for the progress and development, it has reached to 1476 villages in the Province of Arbil province, even beyond the borders of the city. In terms of new roads and highways, it has been estimated that up to 2232 kilometres have been paved, 717 kilometres roads have been modernized and rehabilitated, 4.220.4260 meters double side highways and streets have been asphalted. There are 75.929 meters street roads inside and outside the city that have been constructed and asphalted and 164.713 meters covered with concrete. There are also other developments which have been achieved like the widening and repairing of the bridges and sideways. There are also progress on water reservoir and the quality of the drinking water, like 2.896.350 metres pipelines have been laid for supplying and providing drinking water to the citizen in Arbil city, an additional 1.123.978 meters pipelines have been laid as well. There are now in Hawler (Arbil) 368 parks and green areas as well as 232 children gardens (kindergartens). The streets, up to 86 kilometres, are decorated and planted with beautiful flowers and trees in a modern and stylish way. How about the housing and accommodations? 8325 houses have been built up with the total cost of 8.945 billion US dollars. There have been also 3007 additional houses and accommodations built on the budget of the Arbil Municipality / Governorate. As for the health care, 85 new hospitals have been built up and 192 hospitals are modernized. In the Arbil Province, 662 new schools have been established and 372 primary and secondary schools have been modernized. As far as the agriculture sector is concerned, it is estimated that in the last 10 years there have been 10360374 / 4 hectare port of land used for planting as well as 6 .133. 576 ton seeds have been distributed to the farmers. In the sport and youth area, 186 sport accommodations and centres have been established and modernized. In conclusion, there are more data available based on facts and figures, however the examples deliberately obtained with confidence and reliable sources, based on real facts. The key question is: why do not these people ask themselves and tell the truth? Who has done all these and how all these good results have been achieved? It is all about the reliable checks and balances and the right sources.