Adamu challenges Obasanjo, Atiku on N16bn spent on port harbours reconstruction

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Senator Abdullahi Adamu has challenged former president Olusegun Obasanjo and his Vice, Atiku Abubakar, to explain to Nigerians how they spent N16 billion port harbours reconstruction in Lagos and N20 billion expansion of the Lagos airport.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (seated right) exchanging greetings with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (standing) while former President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi looks on at the Gusau Institute on ‘A New Era for China-Africa Cooperation’ at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday

Adamu, who is representing Nasarawa West in the National Assembly, also challenged the duo to explain the whereabouts of N1.4 billion conversion of steam and head for the power plants; N47.4 billion conversion of the Alaoji Power Plant to double circuit and N3.5 billion for procurement and repair of two boilers at the Egbin Power Station in Lagos.

According to senator, the former VP Atiku spare headed the economy team during Obasanjo’s administration and initiated the privatisation of government enterprises.

He said none of the privatised enterprises were functional not until president Buhari came to power, a situation he said had contributed to the nation’s economy predicament.

Senator Adamu made the statement in Umashia development area of Toto Local Government area of the state in continuation of his campaign rally on Sunday.

Adamu, in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Umar Muhammed, in Abuja on Sunday, also said the present economy hardship confronting the nation today was caused during former presidents Olusegun Obajanjo, vice president Atiku Abubakar and Dr. Goodluck Ebere Jonathan administrations.

He said: “In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari fulfilled his campaign promise and N2 billion on Ajaokuta steel by settling the legal bottleneck surrounding the companies out of court.”

On the issue of Benue state Cement Company and plant in Warri he added that the plant had suffered serious deterioration leading to complete breakdown of the entire factories.

According to senator Adamu, “The plant was virtually a wreck while its debts profile rose from N1.2 billion to over six billion naira.” He added that the sixteen years of PDP government was a wasteful years.

According to him, during the administration of former presidents Obajanjo and Jonathan, crude oil was sold at the rate of140 US dollars per barrel, adding that dollars was also sold between two to four hundred naira per dollar.

He further maintained that prior to President Buhari’s administration dollar remained three hundred to four hundred naira while crude oil dropped drastically to 32 US dollars per barrel.

Speaking on a recent crisis in Toto LGA of the state, he reiterated his personal commitment to collaborate with the state government and federal government to end the persistence Bassa/Egbira crisis in Umashia development area of Toto local government if re-elected.

He said: “We are going to collaborate with the state and federal government to ensure that those behind the persistence crisis in Umashia development area in Toto local government area will be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We have lost so many lives during this crisis. Properties worth millions of naira and economy trees have also been destroyed. We are going to take a drastic measures to find a lasting solution to the crisis.”

Earlier, the paramount rulers of Ohimegye Opanda and Ohinoye Ogye of Toto, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi and Muhammed Umar Azaki Onah promised one hundred percent vote for president Muhammadu Buhari, senator Abdullahi Adamu and all APC candidates at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.

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