The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has condemned the move by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to build another Governor’s Lodge with almost N2 billion.
Allegedly, the PDP stated that the sum of N2 billion had been earmarked for the new governor’s lodge.
However, the party described it as wasting of resources.
Last Friday, Akeredolu laid the foundation of a new Governor’s Lodge at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.
He had explained that the one built by his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko has several defects which pose a huge threat to human lives.
He also noted that the building appears to be weak and may collapse anytime.
But, while speaking with journalists in Akure on Thursday, the State PDP Chairman, Fatai Adams said the construction of a new lodge was a waste of the state’s resources.
He said further that the fund earmarked for the lodge should have been used to build meaningful infrastructure for the benefit of the people and not a few in government.
“The government of Akeredolu has lost direction if it’s proposing a new governor’s lodge while it has a backlog of unpaid salaries of workers and also owes health workers in the state”, he stressed.
He also lamented the mass resignation of over 100 medical doctors in the state due to the inability of the government to pay their salaries and allowances.
Adams said, “While the present administration of Akeredolu has a backlog of unpaid salaries of workers, it is proposing to build a N2 billion Governor’s Lodge in Akure.
“This is not only ridiculous but the surest evidence that the governor has completely lost direction. Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Akeredolu’s predecessor built a befitting Governor’s Lodge in 2013, a few years before Akeredolu assumed the reins of government.
“To spend N2 billion of taxpayers’ money on another Governor’s Lodge at this time is the height of callousness and wasteful.
“The N2 billion can be used in building infrastructures like roads, schools, and reconstruction of the dilapidated hospitals in the state.
“For instance, the money for the construction of this new governor’s lodge can also be used in repairing school buses that had been off the road for a while now.”