Ex-Gov Aliyu, oth­ers frit­tered away re­sources in Niger – Gov Bello

Daily Trust - - POLITICS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

The Gover­nor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, has blamed his pre­de­ces­sors in of­fice, es­pe­cially the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion of Dr. Muazu Ba­bangida Aliyu, for the sorry state of in­fra­struc­ture across the state.

In an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day in Minna, Gov. Bello said the PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion failed to build on the in­fra­struc­ture it met but in­dulged in waste­ful spend­ing.

He said in­fra­struc­ture in all the sec­tors were in rot, say­ing the PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion turned a blind eye and in­stead em­barked on bo­gus projects which cost were in­flated even as some of the projects were aban­doned mid­way.

Giv­ing ex­am­ple, he men­tioned a hos­pi­tal built in Nasko in Magama Lo­cal Govern­ment Area by the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion at the cost of N600m, Gov. Bello said the project was mis­placed, adding that what the town re­quired was a stan­dard pri­mary health­care cen­tre that would meet the needs of the peo­ple.

“The cost of that hos­pi­tal now with the naira at N350 to a dol­lar is equiv­a­lent to N2bn; but what is most dis­heart­en­ing is that the ma­jor part of the hos­pi­tal is now be­ing in­hab­ited by goats and other do­mes­tic an­i­mals,” he said.

He said the state could not boast of good ac­cess roads when he took over, while schools were in a di­lap­i­dated state, with health fa­cil­i­ties also in ter­ri­ble state of dis­re­pair.

He ex­plained that be­cause of the mag­ni­tude of the chal­lenges he saw dur­ing his elec­tion­eer­ing cam­paign ahead of the 2015 elec­tion, he was care­ful not to make any prom­ises to Niger­lites, but that he was very care­ful not to com­mit him­self dur­ing the cam­paign “be­cause that time we had an idea of the chal­lenges, we had an idea of the in­fras­truc­tural gap, we had an idea of the en­tire projects that were aban­doned.”

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