By Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI—ALL Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, carpeted Delta State House of Assembly over what the party described as the “speedy manner” it approved the N3 billion certificate facility requested by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, noting that the governor “is piling up the indebtedness of the state.”
APC’s Publicity Secretary in Delta State, Leonard Obibi, in a statement warned that with the high debt rate of the state, Governor Okowa may be forced to renege on workers’ salaries and benefits in the nearest future.
He said: “The manner the state House of Assembly hurriedly approved the N3 billion certificate facility for projects that are already in progress reveals that the governor is desperate and this further shows the shoddy financial planning under him.
“We are aware that he recently committed the state to an N11 billion contract from a planned total of N30 billion for Asaba drainage.
“How come he did not make proper provision for it in three years? And if he is unable to pay just N3 billion, where will he get N11 billion from, not to speak of N30 billion?
“It is sad that like previous governors, he is piling up the indebtedness of the state, which may force him to renege on workers’ salaries and benefits in the future.
“We believe his plan is to commit Delta State to very huge loans in the near future, but Deltans are watching.”