By Innocent Anaba
ENUGU – Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has faulted plans by Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State to demolish the state secretariat complex and build a new one at the cost of N13.6 billion.
CLO said it learnt that the old but very strong buildings at the secretariat would be demolished to pave way for the erection of a new weak secretariat, adding that the project was not included in the 2012 budget appropriated by the state House of Assembly led by Mr. Eugene Odogu. It argued that since same was not captured in the budget, it was crime punishable under our law for the state government to go ahead with the plan.
CLO Executive Director, Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, in a statement in Lagos, said “we are worried by the intention of Chime’s government to spend Enugu people’s money without recourse to fiscal regulations, due process and the rule of law, and in view of the fact that “As at today, all the industries in the state have collapsed and thousands of the youth, populated by graduates, roam the streets of Enugu without jobs. Aboveall, hunger, poverty and social dislocations which had widened the gap between the thieving politicians and the poor in Nigeria are worse and threatening in the state.
“Aside the above, the secretariat was only renovated this year with large sums of the people’s money. One of our contention is; if the governor knew that his government was going to demolish the secretariat and build weaker structures to replace the strong and solid ones built by the British, why did he waste public funds on renovation of the old buildings few months ago.?”