Gov Al-Makura Can’t Be Our Senator – Nasarawa PDP State Chairman

By Ikenga Chronicles May 13, 2017

Gov Al-Makura Can’t Be Our Senator – Nasarawa PDP State Chairman

Chairman of the Nasarawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) Hon Francis Orogu has explained that the state governor Alhaji Umaru
Tanko Almakura will never be elected to represent Nasarawa South senatorial
district in 2019.

He further revealed that people of the senatorial district cannot afford
to elect a deaf man as their representatives, adding that he will not be able listen and contribute to debate on the floor of the Senate. He noted
that it will be a slap on the entire people of the state to send a man who
does not have the interest of the people at heart as their representatives.

Hon Orogu who spoke to some select journalists in his office in lafia on
the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the state chapter of the
Nigerian Labour congress(NLC) over non-payment of salaries and other
entitlements to civil servants in the state.

The NLC in the state commenced an indefinite industrial action on Friday after an attempt by the governor to divide the union in other to avert the
industrial action failed. This led to the impeachment of the state chairman
of the union comrade Abdulahi Adekaa who was bought over by the governor.

Speaking on the development, Hon Orogu expressed disappointment in the
governor for deliberately refusing to pay civil servants salaries after collecting bailout and Paris club funds in addition to federal allocation.

“If you are a civil servant in the state, how do the governor expect you
to pay your children’s school fees, rents, hospital bills among many other
family challenges? Yet the governor is busy wasting the state funds on
flying on helicopter, travelling abroad frequently at the expense of tax
payers money.

“There is need to probe the finances of the present government in the
state, this is what the state house of assembly should do.If they do not
intervene, the governor will cripple the state.You can’t pay workers salaries and yet you will be maintaining helicopter that does not belong to the state.

“This is a man who wants to go to the Senate. The mistake we did in 2011 to
allow him to govern us over Aliyu Akwe Doma cannot repeat itself, we are
going to do everything humanly possible to ensure that he lost the
senatorial election. He is not even fit to be a senator, how can a deaf man
go to the parliament, how can he listen and contribute to debate”

He said that the looting and diversion of public funds going on in the state in the name of elephant projects are unimaginable:

“Civil servants are dying of hunger, you are busy inflating contracts figures. We are fully aware of all the fraud going on in the state and at the appropriate time
will bring it out”

“The governor has killed the local government system in the state and all
the institutions that were in good shape before he came onboard are now
down. He has killed Nasarawa on the move: Nasarawa state investment house,
News Day Newspapers, Lafia Hotel, these are institutions that can employ the youths, but he is interested in constructing roads where he can
inflates huge figures”

He expressed disappointment in the statement credited to the head of
service Mr Thomas Ogiri threatening to sanction any civil servant who
complies with industrial action directives.

He said that Mr Ogiri who was a union leader before his appointment as HOS
should have known how labour works. He called on the civil servants to
ignore the directive of the HOS and continue to observe their strike,
noting that Mr.  Ogiri is only acting on the directive of his paymaster.

He expressed sadness that under the present administration, civil servants
are street beggars “they are a burden to us here, everyday they trek from
their office to our party office here for transport money. They are now a
burden to us here, that is what Almakura has turned them to– beggars to in the state”

Earlier yesterday (Friday) the state Head of Service Thomas Ogiri issued a statement directing Permanent Secretaries and chief executives of
commissions, Boards and parastatals to ensure compliance by opening and
maintaining attendance register for their staff and submit same at the close of work on a daily basis to the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service secretariat, office of the head of civil service as any absenteeism will be treated as abscondment

But our correspondent who went round government offices in the state
gathered that the civil servants ignored the directive of the HoS as all
the offices were under lock and key.