Imo Assembly attacked for approving governor’s N7.5b loan request for vehicles, other | The Guardian Nigeria News
Imo State House of Assembly has come under attack for approving Governor Hope Uzodimma’s request to borrow 7.5 billion naira to purchase vehicles for civil servants as well as to improve primary health care services.
About 14 of the 27 Assembly members on Wednesday in a plenary session chaired by the president, Dr Chiji Collins, approved the request. According to the request, the state government will use 5 billion naira to purchase sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for permanent secretaries and Hyundai buses to transport officials and other public officials.
The sum of 2.5 billion naira has been approved to strengthen primary health care services.
But on radio shows and other platforms, the governor and lawmakers have faced criticism for opting for the loan.
Some of the respondents said the state government should have focused on paying their pensions to retirees and teachers and workers their roughly eight months’ salary rather than getting a loan to buy vehicles for civil servants. .
Others said the state government should have focused on fixing bad roads in Owerri.
Duru Daniels of Concerned Citizens for Good Governance said the approval was not what the people at Imo needed.
He said his advocacy group needed payment of retirees owed for more than 50 months, as well as teachers and some workers’ salaries for around eight months.
âWe need good governance from the government. The loan should have been the wish of the people. Paying pensions, salaries for teachers and workers and not borrowing to buy vehicles for governor appointees who have vehicles, âDaniels said.
Other speakers said the state government should tackle immediate problems instead of buying vehicles for officials.
But in his reaction, Chief Jude Ugbaja said there was nothing wrong with borrowing to solve the problems facing the government.