By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—DEPUTY Governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, has described as spurious, the figures presented by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, alleging shortfall in the 2016 budgetary allocation to his office.
In a statement yesterday in Benin by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kelly Odaro, he insisted that the 2016 budget proposal was still before the state House of Assembly for consideration.
It will be recalled that Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, had, while addressing newsmen recently on the 2016 Edo State budget, described it as a budget of misappropriation, pointing out that the state governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, appropriated the sum of N10.65 billion, representing 9.6 per cent of the total budget of N111.50 billion to his office as against the N35 million allocated to the office of his deputy.
He also accused the governor of voting the sum of N3.5 billion for the construction of the Accident and Emergency Ward unit at the Benin Central Hospital, adding that the hospital ward has become a conduit pipe used to siphon the resources of the state as funds had been allocated to the wards in the last two budgets.
However, the Deputy Governor, while dissociating himself from the purported information by the PDP, called on the public to discountenance the information from the PDP.