OSUN State Chapter of Action Congress has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state over what it described as lavish spending and budgeting for frivolities.
The party lamented the financial recklessness and plundering of the resources by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration, just as the opposition party commended the reduction in the price of petrol in Nigeria.
The state Director of Research and Strategy of the party, Mr Sunday Akere, disclosed this in a press statement, a copy of which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo last Monday.
Akere decried the present administration in the state for campaigning for decency and corruption-free state, maintaining that a government that believes it must become a merchant of various modes just to satisfy its inordinate ambition of continually dipping its hands into the funds of the local councils cannot preach any decency and decorum to anybody.
Defending its assertion, the party questioned what necessitated the setting aside of a whopping sum of N900 million for gifts, donations and another sum of N400 million for entertainment in the office of the governor?
The party also queried the state government for budgeting the sum of one billion naira for the establishment of a French Polytechnic, while all the state-owned institutions suffered deprivation, stressing that such huge amount of money should be used to develop the institutions.
Besides, the opposition party had earlier flayed the PDP-led government in the state for condemning the Federal Government on its decision to stop the sharing of funds accruing into the excess crude account.
However, the AC urged the Federal Government to carry out an indepth and exhaustive analysis of all financial sectors so that reasonable, precise and cogent solutions could be found to the economic crisis without further delay, The party lamented that “instead of addressing the problems, we are busy pursuing irrelevancies while leaving what ought to be done undone”.
The party said: “The AC in Osun State commends the recent decision to reduce the price per litre of petrol as a way of ameliorating the suffering of the Nigerian people in view of the current global economic meltdown and urge that palliative measure should be extended to other petroleum products like diesel, kerosene and gas.
“But instead of weighing the gravity of the existing situation of financial crisis and fashioning a way out, the rudderless PDP administration in Osun State will rather prefer to condemn the Federal Government’s decision to stop the sharing of funds accruing into the excess crude account.
“Budgeting for frivolities under bogus and dubious heads have being the stock in the trade of the visionless PDP administration in the state since they illegally took over governance in 2003.
“How does one explain setting-aside a whopping N900 million for gifts/donation and N400 million for entertainment in the Governor’s Office in a year? What explanation can one give for a state government that budgeted 1 billion for the establishment of a French Polytechnic when just about half of the amount was budgeted for all the four tertiary institutions in the state”.
The party further queried that: “What necessitates the recent evoking of general orders and financial rules including the series of ICPC Acts that the Commissioner for Finance, Elder Moses Adetoye, was reading out, while giving analysis on 2009 budget?
“Must threats of sack and imprisonment be used on civil servants before the government’s message is passed across?
“If the commissioner is serious at all, the cleansing should start from their end as even the ordinary groundnut seller on the roadside is aware of the recklessness and plundering of our common resources by the power that be.
“A government that sees nothing wrong in paying state funds into the private salary accounts of members of the State House of Assembly should stop raising unnecessary dust if some government officials decide to pay government funds into their private accounts” Akere concluded.