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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Governor Simon Lalong of playing games with N59 billion legacy projects.
The PDP, in a statement signed by the state’s Publicity Secretary John T. Akans accused Lalong of fraud over the termination of the legacy project.
The statement said: “Documents at the disposal of our great party show, a contract was signed between the state government through the Ministry of Finance and Abuja-based Bleneson Services Nigeria Limited for the construction of 20 Lalong legacy projects (eight model primary schools, six model secondary schools and six model hospitals in Plateau State at a whopping sum of N59 billion.
“The letter of the contract termination, dated March 9, 2021, was signed by Sani Alhaji Yahaya, Permanent Secretary/Secretary State Tenders Board on behalf of the state and addressed to the Managing Director of Bleneson Services Nigeria Limited Lawson Ngoa.
“As a responsible and focused political party that is prepared to re-set the leadership philosophy of Plateau State, we find reasons for this action as an embarrassment to the office of the Executive Governor of our dear state. Therefore, it is appropriate we declare our stand on this sad development, particularly as it directly affects the future of the state.
“Recall that in 2015 when Governor Lalong assumed office as governor, he inherited ongoing projects initiated by the PDP leadership which were mostly between 70 to 80 per cent completion.
“To our greatest dismay and disappointment, some, up to this moment, have remained unattended to or included in the so-called legacy projects for completion, but they are abandoned despite their relevance to Plateau people while very few have been manageably done.”
Reacting, the Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), denied the allegations, insisting that the PDP is suffering from the fever of internal crisis.
A statement signed by the State Secretary, Mallam Bashir Musa Sati said: “It is curious that a so-called opposition party will be sulking over the termination of the contract of a non-performing entity instead of commending the government for taking that bold and right step to, among other things, save the commonwealth of the people of Plateau State from plunder; to ensure that the long-suffering sub-contractors of Bleneson, (who are our own citizens) many of whom have become bankrupt on account of deliberate non-payment for completed milestones, get some much-needed reprieve; to ensure that critical projects, including schools and hospitals meant for the benefit of our people are completed on time.”