he Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau state has said that the exclusion of Plateau state in the N43.4 bn World bank grants shared among other states has vindicated it’s claim that Governor Simon Lalong has been running a corrupt and incompetent administration.
Jay FM reports that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had in a statement by the Ministry’s Spokesman, Hassan Dodo, named 24 states as beneficiaries of the World Bank grants
The 24 benefiting states were Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Ogun,Oyo, Osun, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe .
According to the Minister, the disbursement followed the participation of the 24 eligible states in the recent Annual Performance Assessment exercise.
But the PDP, in a statement at the week end blamed Governor Lalong for the exclusion of Plateau state in the World Bank grant facility which was aimed at promoting the culture of fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainable development by sub-national entities in the country.
The statement signed by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, John Akans said with a confirmation coming from the Federal Ministry of Finance which shared the money to the states, and gave details of how the money was shared which is only to states adjudged to have performed well, particularly in areas of fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability,it is clear that Plateau state was not included because of bad governance being witnessed in the state under Governor Simon Lalong
Noting that since the World Bank grant is not a politically sourced money, whereby the Governor, as the Chairman of the northern governors forum would have picked it as a bonanza due to his favoured position as a good political son of the President,Plateau PDP insisted that Governor Lalong owes explanation to the people of Plateau state for the exclusion, instead of the misleading narrative by the APC agents that Plateau is merely being victimised.