From Raji Bello, Sokoto
The All Progressive Congress in Sokoto State has demanded the full implementation of 2020 Budget by the State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
The party’s chairman in the state, Hon. Isah Sadiq Acida stated this while addressing journalists in Sokoto on Monday on issues concerning the State of governance in Sokoto State.
The party feared that the budget passage may resulted to piling up the list of broken promises that have characterized the present administration in Sokoto State.
The chairman also added that the budget also represented only one, out of his many empty promises that have ended on the pages of newspapers.
The party wondered why the 2019 of N169.184 billion was virtually swept under the carpet at the 2020 budget presentation. “This is in complete contrary with the established tradition where governments review their performances on the ongoing budget, highlighting their achievements, before presenting a new budget.”
The party questioned the governor on how many of the capital and ongoing projects in the 2019 budget have been completed adding that “most of the 2019, capital projects have not even commenced, as at December.”
Its listed some of the projects to include the renovation of Sultan Abubakar III Airport access road at N548 million, additional structures, road network and children’s playground equipment at the International Conference Centre, Kasarawa, at N128 million, construction and equipping of new advanced diagnostic centre at N2.443 billion among others.
“It is also disheartening to note that our civil servants have continued to bear the burden of being taxed to fund the running of education in the State, while the huge budgetary allocation to education continues to remain unaccounted for.”
The party, however, concluded that Governor Tambuwal’s consistent failure to honour his covenant with the people and persistence in making promises and breaking them is predicated.