Publish date: 2022-07-04 14:56:03 | Author: Chima Azubuike | Source: punchng.com
The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party in Gombe Gombe State, Khamisu Mailantarki, has cautioned Governor Muhammadu Yahaya against mortgaging the future of the state through what he described as “borrowing spree.”
Mailantarki made this statement in an interview with our correspondent last weekend when the presidential candidate of the NNPP commissioned the party’s state office.
He revealed that the current administration had condemned borrowing during the Peoples Democratic Party’s dispensation, stressing that the current administration had borrowed more in three years.
According to him, the residents were tired of bad governance, which he termed as misrule, attributing it to the reason the party had massive support.
In 2021, the Gombe State Government approached the state House of Assembly to seek N18.7 billion Federal Government Intervention Facility with a 30-year tenure and a two-year moratorium, and N35 billion Sukuk bond, totalling N53.7 billion which, has caused criticism.
He said, “While I was in the APC, the argument then was that the PDP borrowed so much in billions without anything to show for it. We are surprised and disappointed that the APC government in three years has borrowed more than what the PDP borrowed. The burden of all of this is going to be on the poor people of Gombe State and there is nothing to show, you can’t show any single person sponsored to study anywhere by the State Government.
“You only see projects whose prices are escalated deliberately and the people of Gombe are tired of this, that is they are supporting us en mass. We have not started campaign, just a visit to commission an office. I’m happy and I’m calling on the people of Gombe that what they believe about Kwankwaso is also my determination to make Gombe State better than what our leader did in Kano. We are not going to follow the footsteps of the PDP and the APC. Their policies are not people-friendly but favour just a few persons.”
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