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PDP reiterate stand Edo Governor’ governance

PDP in Benin City has expressed concern that weeks after it declared that the Edo state governor Mr Godwin Obaseki lacked basic idea of governance and so was at a loss about how to cater for the needs of the people of the state, the governor was yet to turn a new leaf.
State party chairman, Chief Dan Orbih had declared while speaking on the 2018 Appropriation law of the state during a press conference at the party Secretariat in Benin City the Governor Obaseki has no, “idea of what governance is about and does not know what it means to cater for the needs of the citizens of Edo state”.
Orbih condemned the allocation of 10% of the total sum of 2018 Edo state appropriation law of N151billion to the Governor’s office even as he described it as a budget of padding, duplication and deceit.
He also said the entire budget is fraudulent as it is designed to waste scarce public funds belonging to Edo people as he wondered how the governor plans to justify the following huge allocations for his office in the budget as: N1.5billion -Governor’s office; N2.5billion-Central Administration; N2.1billion-Government House; N4.0billion- Government House special project and N1million (monthly)-Government House Clinic for Essential Drugs.
On the N1million for drugs Orbih said the governor ought to come out and tell Edo people the disease he was suffering from as it was pathetic that the governor would approve such a huge amount at a time there was no allocation for the healthcare sector in the same budget.
The party leader said that whereas the sum of N4billion was budgeted for security, it is on record that Edo state has been under siege from all forms of criminals since Governor Obaseki assumed office.
“Since Governor Obaseki took over government, the crime rate has gone up. Daily are reported cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and murder. There are some parts of Benin City, the state capital that are now no go areas for citizens after 6pm in the evening”.
Orbih who said that in other parts of the country state governments assist the Nigerian Police with vehicles and security gadgets to combat crime added that it is difficult to understand why the Edo state governor need such a huge sum as security vote when the state is under siege by the Boko Haram insurgents.
He however blamed the high crime wave in the state on the failure of the Governor to keep his electioneering promise to create 200, 000 jobs, which has forced many youths into migrating to countries like Libya.
On the allocation for the new state Ministry of Employment and Wealth Creation, to create jobs, the PDP chairman said the sum of N50million allotted for startup businesses and the like sum for microcredit scheme was paltry compared with a whopping N100million for consultancy in the ministry.

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