Oyo State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) on Sunday condemned a plan by the state governor, Seyi Makinde, to expend the sun of N8 billion on road interchange, saying it was a misplaced priority.
APC spoke in a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Mr Ayobami Adejumo, and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Governor Makinde had, on Friday, announced plans to embark on the project which, he said, would be completed within a year to decongest the area and give it a facelift.
However, the APC, in the statement, said that the present administration had demonstrated gross incompetence and desire for mismanaging public funds.
“The good people of the state were taken aback by the action of Gov. Makinde last Friday when he chose a mosque as the place to announce the plan to do a multi-billion project.
“Without any record of presentation at the state executive council meeting or consideration and approval by the appropriate organs of government as required by law, the governor reeled out a contract sum for another white elephant project,” it said.
The party queried how the cost of N8 billion was arrived at, even when no picture of the proposed picture had been shown to the world.
“What is the scope of the project and where are the engineering designs that culminated in the contract sum? Was there any due diligence before the cost was arrived at? When did the consultants carry out the survey of the proposed site?
“Where is the bill of quantity? When did the relevant office advertise for tender?
“Why the desperation on the part of Gov. Makinde to commit such a huge amount of money to any construction work in an area that would be covered by two different projects already awarded by the federal government?,” it queried.
APC also argued that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would take care of the expansion of the interchange.
“As it has become the usual practice of the Makinde-led administration to put the cart before the horse, the people of the state cannot just watch while a government without any blueprint or action plan will continue to experiment after five months in office.
“So far, the only achievement of the current administration is the rebranded exercise books distributed recently with pomp and pageantry.
“It would have been better to follow up on the exercise book distribution with provision of pieces of furniture and release of running grants for public primary and secondary schools across the state,” it said.
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