What hap­pened to the oil money?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salam Ab­dul­lah

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.

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