Senator Dino Melaye, has accused the
Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, of financial recklessness, stating
that he has stolen the common patrimony of the State.
Melaye, who made this allegation on a
social media platform, ‘Change the Change Today’, on Friday, said that
the Bello-led administration has not been fair to the people of Kogi
He also accused Bello of neglecting his responsibility of monitoring the budgetary allocation and provisions of the government.
The Senator said: “By section 24 of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended), it
is the duty of every Nigerian to make positive and useful contributions
to the advancement, progress, and well-being of the community where he
“The anti-corruption campaigns of the
present administration, will be strengthened when we become more
interested in budget monitoring.”
He further highlighted what he called bogus inputs in the 2017 budget, as presented by the Governor, in December 2016.”
Government House Budget 2017:
22020104 – International Travel and Transport – others (600,000,000)
22020110 – Travelling Allowances (70,000,000)
22020112 – Expenses incidental to governor’s tour (700,000,000)
The above is an evidence of duplication.
22020402 – Maintenance of office furniture and fittings, (60,000,000)
22020403 – Maintenance of office building/ residential qtrs. (200,000,000)
22020439 – Up-keep of government house, (150,000,000)
22020605 – Cleaning and fumigation services (100,000,000)
– Expenses incidental to her Excellency’s tour (340,000,000), this is
an office not known to law. We will meet in Court on this.
22020679 – Office and general expenses (600,000,000)
2202775 – Special security expenses (230,000,000)
22021001 – Refreshment, meals and hospitality (400,000,000)
22021004 – Medical expenses/refund (local) (50,000,000)
22021077 – Overseas treatment (50,000,000)
220221103 – New direction activities expenses (126,000,000)
22021104 – Office of DG research and speech writing (100,000,000)
22021201 – Special adviser’s office expenses (imprest) (100,000,000)
the following projects kogites, we all should check if any of these
projects are ongoing as stipulated in the 2017 budget of Kogi State.
0006000001 (0112) – Construction of mini town hall in lokoja including installation of communication gadgets (1,500,000,000)
0013000003(0201) Government house mini works (direct labour (250,000,000)
0001000004(0101) Rehabilitation/equipping of central mechanic workshop in lokoja (50,000,000)
0017000001(0147) Ongoing reconstruction of Kabba township road phase1(300,000,000)
0017000001(0175) Rehabilitation of koton karfe township road ll (4.46km) (100,000,000)
0017000001(0176) Asphalt overlay of iyamoye-jege-ijowa road to isanlu (71km) (1,000,000,000)
0017000001(0190) Fly-over bridge at ganaja junction, lokoja (0), this was not given any budgetary provision.
0017000001(0199) Construction of ekinrin ade/ohun/ife-olukotun road/ekinrin-ade township road (500,000,000)
Renovation of government lodges across the state (700,000,000).
“This pull-out is mainly as it affects
Kogi-West Senatorial District, and our people should begin to check if
any of the above-listed projects have been executed or ongoing in the
District, yet there was budgetary provision, and the 2017 budget has
just two months to expire.
“We must rescue Kogi State from this
clueless Dictator. We all put together are bigger than Yahaya Bello and
his directionless govermentt. if I die, I die.
“We must recover our State from thieves
and economic termites. No amount of blackmail, lies, intimidation and
harassment, will detract my attention from championing responsible and
fiscal discipline. Pay our workers NOW! We shall overcome.”