ACN labels ‘Good Governance Tour a scam, hails Gov. Oshiomhole

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has described as a huge scam and  an illegality the ”Good Governance Tour”
currently embarked upon by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, and a  retinue of people, saying it must be
stopped forthwith and those behind it made to account for the public funds they have  collected in the process.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity  Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also
commended Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State for rejecting a multi-million-naira  proposal from the Minister asking
the state government to bankroll the Edo leg of the tour.
It said such a tour as currently being led by the Minister across the  country is an illegality in a federalism, the system of
government which Nigeria is running, because it distorts the Constitution and gives the  impression that the Federal
Government is a supervisor of the various states
”Under our federalism, no state is subject to any  control from the Federal Government, and no Governor is mandated
to report to the President. To now have a team assembled by the Federal  Government inspecting the projects being
carried out by the various states is not only fraudulent and illegal, but amounts to a blatant  waste of public funds. It is a
carry-over from the days of military rule under which Nigeria was governed as a unitary state.
”It is also a case of double jeopardy for the states, whose projects are  made to look like they are being executed by the
Federal Government, while at the same time they (states) are being made to pay for the meaningless tour.
”We say, unequivocally, that this tour fits into other fraudulent schemes  concocted by this Federal Government to swindle
the people, enrich a few and pad its war chest for the 2015 elections, and we are talking here  of SURE-P as well as the oil
subsidy and the pension fund scam. This jamboree must end today!” ACN said.
The party asked whether the Federal Government that initiated the tour  has allocated any funds to it, adding: ”If this answer is
yes, why are states being asked to cough out millions of naira for it. And if the  answer is no, why must states be made to pay
for a Federal Government-initiated tour?”
It added: ”If the Federal Government has any project to showcase anywhere  in the country, it is its prerogative to do so without
extorting money from the states. And where it has nothing to showcase, it is fraudulent to  be showcasing the projects embarked
upon by state governments, many of which are not even under the same party as the Federal Government, hence  they have
their own mandates based on their party manifestoes.
”Wouldnt it be laughable to see the Minister of Information questioning  contractors of projects being executed by state governments or issue ultimatums to contractors he did not  hire? Minister Maku should immediately
put an end to the jamboree he is leading, declare all the public funds he  has collected in the name of this tour and return such
to the state governments that have been swindled under the so-called ”Good Governance Tour.”

1 COMMENT

  1. Wahala dey. I believe the Good governance tour has exposed some weaknesses and some project that are not in the people interest by some Governors. I dont know about the funding but i think it has some remarkable advantages. They Federal government shud fund it though.

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