By Mumini AbdulKareem
The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to immediately come clean on reports by a non-governmental organisation, ENETSUD, which revealed how contract awarded by the State government for the renovation of Patigi Secondary School was inflated by the sum of ?31,980,799M.
The call was made in a statement issued by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu on Thursday in Ilorin. It said aside several contract inflation including that of renovation of Ilorin Government School, projects executed by contractors patronised by the government were also below standard designs stipulated in the contractual papers, as indicated by ENETSUD in its latest Social Audit report.
The Kwara PDP therefore charged Governor Abdulrazaq to immediately speak out and address allegations raised in the report which it said, had further validated its earlier stance that the present administration is pervaded by several underhand dealings and racketeering.
It added that Governor Abdulrazaq should stop covering up for corrupt officials within his government and account for all the atrocities committed under his watch, which it said, were largely caused by the governor’s incompetence and administrative inexperience.
The party noted that Kwarans cannot be swayed by the pretentious transparency and fake probity claims of the Abdulrazaq’s government.
The statement reads in part: “After a study of the report by ENETSUD, which has been in public domain for the past few days, our party was shocked by the revelation of contract inflation contained in the report. The report in summary, reflected that only in Patigi Secondary School Renovation contract, officials and contractors under Abdulrazaq-led government dubiously cornered over N50million out of the N164million total contract sum, without any explanatory details.
“While the contract was said to have been fraudulently inflated by ?31,980,799 to pave way for stealing, ?21,530,874 worth of contracts were yet to be executed by the contractors patronised by the Government.
“The Kwara PDP holds that the deafening silence and inaction of Governor Abdulrazaq since the revelation by ENETSUD signals conspiracy and complicity on the part of the government. A government that is transparent and accountable – as Abdulrazaq wants Kwarans to believe – would have spoken on the issue and taken steps to investigate the matter.
“Kwarans are shocked and at unease by the various revelations of contract inflation and shoddy project execution under the watch of Governor Abdulrazaq, and what they expect from the governor is to address the allegations and go after the culprits. The governor isn’t expected to shield his corrupt appointees and government officials. He must account for all the atrocities committed under his watch that are largely aided by his incompetence and administrative inexperience.”
The Kwara PDP, has meanwhile, lambasted the State Government over its failure to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage for workers in the State, stressing that the government is insensitive to the plight of the workers and has not been sincere in its negotiations with the labour movement over this matter.
The party notes that the reported N1000 increment on workers’ salaries approved by the State Government as against the promised N30,000.00 minimum wage, is totally unacceptable, uncalled for and highly insensitive.
The Kwara PDP urges Kwarans to take note of the high-level fraud and looting of public resources going on under the present administration of Governor Abdulrazaq and his insensitivity to the plight of workers in the State.
By Mumini AbdulKareem