The Audu/Faleke Political Organisation has knocked the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration in Kogi State over what it termed “boggling” vehicle purchase bazaar.
The organization, in a statement by its spokesperson, Duro Meseko, described as the height of insensitivity, the Bello administration’s decision to splash hundreds of millions of naira on luxury vehicles.
The Kogi government reportedly splashed the sum of N18million per unit of Ford Sport Utility Vehicles and N6million each on Ford Ranger Truck (pick-up vans) for the 21 caretaker chairmen in the state, totaling N504million.
The Audu/Faleke Political Organization said it found it hard to believe that the government went ahead with the vehicle purchase bazaar despite repeated admonitions by well-meaning persons in the state.
“This is aside the 70 Ford Ranger Trucks purportedly purchased for the Police totaling N420 million; of course, different from the N135 million bullet proof Range Rover ordered for the governor and being shipped home presently”, the statement by Meseko said.
It further reads: “We are sad with the way our commonwealth is being managed under Yahaha Bello. Even President Muhammadu Buhari has not changed his official car since he assumed office. What happened to the official vehicles in these councils? What is wrong with the official vehicles left behind for the governor by the previous administrations? Must a responsive administration be this insensitive to the people who eagerly voted for good governance?
“As we speak, the socio-economic plight of the people is frightening. With unpaid salaries up to the roof while basic amenities have become a mirage, should the government not have been more prudent in the allocation of the scarce resources?
“The time has come for all men of conscience and goodwill to call Yahaya Bello to order. Need we remind him that Kogi is bleeding and choking right now; we certainly cannot go on like this”.