By Soni Daniel
Abuja—An advocacy group in the South-South, The Peoples Mandate Organisation, has faulted lawmakers from the region for keeping mum over the removal of the strategic Calabar-Lagos railway project from the 2016 budget, describing them as enemies of the people.
The group which addressed newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, also frowned at the attempt by some of the lawmakers to blame the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, for allegedly ‘smuggling’ the said vital project into the budget through the backdoor, saying that they were ignorant of the truth about the project.
National Coordinator of TPMO, Pastor Utibeabasi Daniel and National Secretary, Lazarus Abah, described the non-challant attitude of the lawmakers from the South-South towards the vital project as unfortunate and betrayal of the support the region gave them.
Daniel, accused some of the lawmakers of displaying total ignorance to the project by trying to blame the Transport Minister for his altruistic efforts and warned them to desist forthwith or face the wrath of the people.
Apart from condemning the lawmakers for shying away from the removal of the project from the budget, the group expressed indignation over the reckless comments made by lawmakers who claim to be members of the National Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
The group particularly took exception to the claim by a member of the House of Representatives from Edo State, Ehioguwa Agbonnayima, who claimed that the Calabar-Lagos railway project was valued at N100 billion, instead of N60 billion which was put in the budget as counterpart funding.