Omo-Agege accuses Delta govt of spending N168bn on political aides The Informant247

Omo-Agege accuses Delta govt of spending N168bn on political aides

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has alleged the Delta state government of spending a sum of one hundred and sixty eight billion naira in the last seven years on preserving a long list of political aides.

Senator Omo-Agege who recently announced his intention to contest 2023 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said it was unfair for a government to expend such amount of money on aides at this critical time.

The DSP said when he visited his staunch supporter, High Chief Lucky Akara Gbeneyei, widely addressed as the Gbeneyei 1 of Ogulagha kingdom, Burutu local government area, aka Osunminigbeke Tamara-Asain, the Whale and Independence of the sea at his residence in Warri, Delta state.

Senator Omo-Agege who appreciated High Chief Akara for his unrelenting support for his governorship ambition saying with sixteen billion naira set aside in the budget for the Federal Polytechnic he facilitated to the state in Orogun, Ughelli north local government the school would be completed.

He however lamented that it was unfair that the state government was wasting as much as 168 billion naira on a long list of aides in the last seven years.

He said such money could have been used to create jobs for all and sundry for the aides and many other Deltans .

”Unemployed graduates are all over yet you see the government spending two billion naira monthly to pay aides, many of them dont have offices. If you multiply two billion for seven years you see that 168 billion naira has been spent ‘

“If he had used the money to give them long term employment it would have been ok. But he spends it on aides, where many don’t have offices . “

“There is 16 billion naira in the budget to start the Federal Polytechnic taking off in the state. And the money will complete the project . It will build the six Faculties , hostels then imagine what could have been done with 168 billion naira in the state”.

The DSP described High Chief Gbeneyei as a t
Describing High Chief Gbeneyei as an upright citizen of the state with the desire to see development in the riverine parts of the state.

He condemned the Delta state government as one was incapable of bringing development into Ijaw areas and other parts of the state in the last seven years.
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“If they remove Bomadi bridge is there anything again in Ijaw areas. I don’t believe that PDP government has been fair to Ijaw land. Its unfortunate that there are so many educated Ijaws in the PDP but they are not talking. How come it is only Chief Gbeneyei that has been shouting about underdevelopment in Ijaw land. Urhobo areas are very angry . And it is the same all over . Graduates all over Delta riding Keke and Okada “

“All Chief Gbeneyei has been saying in his publications is that he has not seen any development in Patani, Warri south west, Egbema and other riverine parts of Ijaw , He keeps telling Delta Ijaw political leaders that you are my brothers but I am not seeing any development in Ijaw areas . It takes an uncommon man to do this. “

” I reassure you that when we get to our ultimate goal , we will ensure that Ijaw areas get the needed attention. “

“I have been in politics for a long time but I have not seen anybody like him . He buys pages in the Vanguard at very expensive rate to drum support for me without asking for a Kobo.”

“Again his support for me at a time some Ijaws are aspiring for the same position , he is simply saying it is not about where you are from but it is about who can do the job. “

Chief Gbeneyei said ”Development in Ijaw areas is what we want. I couldn’t take this meeting to my village because there are no roads. I see what you are doing as Senator and I said with you as governor development will come to Ijaw “

The Delta state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu debunked the allegation as untrue, adding that it had not spent such amount in the last seven years.

He said “Is the calculation right? So we had all the aides from day one when the governor was sworn in. In any case, we are not paying two billion to aides. Don’t forget, I am one of them he is talking about.”

” The salary we pay are to Deltans who earn money to build there family, they contribute to peace in the state . If you ask him, he has aides too except he wants to say he is working alone. The aides we have are all working for the state “.

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