PDP, state gov disagree over alleged diversion of Plateau funds

The Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the state government of “massive diversion of public funds.’’

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), its Chairman, Mr. Damishi Sango, who stated this at a press briefing yesterday in Jos, said though the state had received more than N97 billion as revenue from the Federal Government in the last one year, the huge sum was conspicuously diverted into private pockets.

He said: “Instead of executing useful projects, government has opted for frivolous projects aimed at empowering families of those in government, their friends and few individuals.

“We make bold to say that the state government received over N97 billion as revenue in the past one year, yet these sums are not utilised in alleviating the suffering of the people.

‘’For over a year now, people of the state have been languishing in pains while government wallows in corrupt tendencies, segregation and chains of tribal and political discrimination.”

He also alleged that a N1.4 billion was used to purchase luxury cars for some government officials, while another N1.4 billion went into purchasing and installation of GPRS tracking devices for the vehicles for a period of one year.

But reacting, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mark Logyen, dismissed Sango’s claims as “mere ranting of the leader of a drowning political party.

He said: “Reacting to the allegations will be like over-flogging a dead horse because Plateau people are already celebrating the achievements of Governor Lalong’s administration.

“The PDP administration left a lot of mess and we have already set up a judicial commission to unearth it.”

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