Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Ex-CPC Chairman Counsels Governor Aliyu On 'Three Arms Zone'

former Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) chairman in Niger state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Nafuntua has advised Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, to discard his proposed plan of constructing a 'three arms zone' in Minna.

Nafuntua gave the advice while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna on issues affecting the development of the state.

Governor Aliyu had announced plans to sell 29 GRA and 28 Legislative property, built in the 1970s, and use the proceeds to construct a 'three arms zon' in the state capital.

But the CPC chieftain observed that the anticipated proceeds would not be adequate to fund the proposed project.

He said the three arms zone project was not a priority need of the poor but a waste of scarce resources.

"I seriously advise the present administration to stop wasting its time and scarce public funds on white elephant projects that will not raise the living standard of our people."

Nafuntua urged the administration to listen to the "genuine voices of wisdom and try to meet the demands of the people".

He said the insistence of the governor to undertake the project suggests desperation and urged the governor to strive to complete the uncompleted projects initiated but abandoned by the present administration in the state.

Spokesman of the governor, Mr. Danladi Ndayebo, while reacting, dismissed the calls as the usual rantings of the opposition.

Ndayebo said the Babangida administration had a long and short term focus for the development of the state, stressing that no amount of cheap blackmail would derail it.

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