25 January 2013

Nigeria: Govt Warns Maku's Media Tour Team Against Visiting Borno

The Borno State Government Wednesday warned the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, against visiting the state for the ongoing Good Governance Tour he is currently undertaking all over the country, insisting that there are no federal projects in the state to warrant such jamboree and media stunt.

Speaking to journalists, the state Commissioner for Information, Inuwa Bwala, said the ongoing visit of Maku across the country was nothing but a cover up of the Federal Government's inadequacies and that the team led by the Minister of Information has no business visiting the state as there was no single project - ongoing or completed - that has been executed by the Federal Government in the state due for inspection.

Bwala said the Good Governance Tour to the state would rather remain 'a tea party as it does not in any way represent the yearnings and needs of the people of Borno who had been abandoned by the Federal Government in most of the times they needed their presence.

The commissioner who made this known while fielding questions from journalists on the preparation of the state to host the Good Governance team as expected this month, said if the Federal Government wants to be welcomed in the state, "it should stop paying lip service to the issue of development and be fair to all states irrespective of their party differences."

"All we have here in Borno are projects executed by the state government and I don't think the Federal Government team will come to a state and inspect projects that it had not committed a dime in their execution," Bwala pointed out.

"For many years now, Borno State has been battling with insecurity, flood and so on, but neither the presidency or its top aides had deemed it fit to visit us as a people, so what makes them think we need them now?" Bwala queried.

Bwala noted that the only Federal Government project existing in Borno are the Maiduguri-Kano Highway, the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) and most of the dilapidated federal roads quoted in several budgets have long been abandoned in the state, wondering what else they are coming to inspect in the state that is Federal Government's.

"They should stop using this good governance tour to cover up their inadequacies; we would rather advise that the money spent on this could be channeled in executing basic developmental projects in Federal Government neglected states like Borno", advised Bwala.

"Since the inauguration of the present government in the state and the commencement of the ongoing security challenges in the state, the state government has never received a dime from Abuja in the name of assistance to the state. If they truly want to work in partnership with us, they just have to make up for the many years of neglect, by especially coming to resume all the abandoned projects."

"As far as we are concerned, except in states where the Federal Government has some projects, the tour remains unnecessary and a jamboree," he added.

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