Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Tuesday said the Federal Government was apparently complicit in the mismanagement of N2 trillion fuel subsidy, which represented almost half of the 2011 national budget.
He faulted the good governance tour by the Minister for Information and National Orientation, Mr. Labaran Maku, describing the tour designed to inspect the federal projects across all states as baseless and ill-conceived.
He also described the criticism of political opponents on the visit of former United States President Bill Clinton as unfair and uncalled-for, noting that the People Democratic Party (PDP) had demonstrated a lot of amateur knowledge of the Clinton Global Foundation.
He openly expressed the standpoints yesterday while presenting his administration's 2100-day report to the stakeholders in the state at the Lagos TV complex at Agidingbi, Ikeja noting that the good governance tour was purely ill-conceived because there "are no projects to inspect" in many parts of the country.
At the forum, the governor condemned the Federal Government over how N2 trillion of the country's national budget of about N4 trillion in 2011 ended up being enmeshed in the most monumental fraud of fuel subsidy, which he said the country "has never recorded."
He explained that over 50 percent of the country's budget "enmeshed in a fraud and yet there are no answers. It is understandable that our success will embarrass their party, the PDP.
"We have already started the implementation of the 2013 budget while their party now shows how dysfunctional the government they manage has become because the passage of the 2013 budget for our country has become a public squabble while the development of our nation is held back in their amateurish grip.
"I have heard them say also that my inspection of projects to assess progress, resolve challenges and ensure their completion is a waste of resources. The fact is that they cannot point to a 100-kilometre that connect two states that their party in the centre has completed in 14 years."
Fashola said the state government under his leadership "has in less than 20 months completed the Okota-link bridge that has improved connectivity and eased the transportation between not less than five local governments area.
"In three years, we completed the Lekki Link Bridge, West Africa's first cable stayed bridge. In their desperation to appear busy, they have embarked on an ill-conceived good governance tour because there are no projects to inspect.
"The question to ask is whether the people of Nigeria need a tour to know that they are well-governed. We do not need a good governance tour in Lagos before citizens know that their lives are improving.
"Regrettably, our performance shows the inefficiency of our political opponents in the way that our national economy has been mismanaged by their party, they have the temerity to accuse us of fraudulently reporting performance," he said.
At the event, Fashola announced the 2012 State Service Charter, which made provisions that some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would be open for services on Saturday except sanitation day in order to make the government services available to some residents, who could not access them weekdays.
He said the services "will be provided from 10a.m. to 2a.m. only on Saturday. The MDAs involved are Ministry of Transportation to deal with issues of drivers' training, drivers' licence and traffic enforcement; Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to deal with complaints and queries about building permits and related matters, and of course, Land Bureau to deal with issues relating to lands."