Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 January 2013

Nigeria: Our Tour Not Meant to Score Governors - Maku

Owerri — The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to address the ecological problems in the South-Eastern part of the country.

Information Minister Labaran Maku said this yesterday when the National Good Governance Tour team visited Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Maku stressed the need for states in the region to collaborate with the government to solve the ecological problems through the ecological fund.

He said the tour is not meant to grade the performance of any governor but to enable all tiers of government showcase what they have done for the development of the nation, discuss challenges and find solutions to addressing same.

Maku also condemned the delay in executing several Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects in Imo State despite regular funding from the Federal Government.

Maku, who visited the Federal University of Technology, Alvan Ikoku College of Education and Imo State University, regretted that huge sums of money was put into the projects over the years but there is little to show for it.

Both projects were awarded for over N400 million each but have both been reviewed to N1 billion each over the years.

In his remarks, Governor Okorocha urged politicians to put aside their political differences and focus on developing the country.

He said Nigeria has reached a point where people ought to be elected into office based on their ability to deliver the dividends of democracy and not the political party they belong to.

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