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In a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Duro Meseko, the group said it was the height of gross insensitivity to the current state of indigenes and residents of the State for the government to spend over N1 billion to purchase fanciful luxury cars and trucks for some political appointees and
top government officials when the vast majority are in penury.

The Audu/Faleke Political Organisation has alleged that the Kogi State Government has spent over N1 billion for the purchase of luxury cars.

The group said such funds could have been spent meeting other critical needs by the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

In a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Duro Meseko, the group said it was the height of gross insensitivity to the current state of
indigenes and residents of the State for the government to spend over N1 billion to purchase fanciful luxury cars and trucks for some political appointees and top government officials when the
vast majority are in penury.

The statement said: “We find it hard to believe that despite repeated admonitions by well-meaning groups and individuals, the Yahaya Bello
administration still went ahead on an unimaginable flight of fancy by purchasing expensive vehicles for
use by some aides of the governor and the governor himself. Credible information reaching us indicate that Ford SUVs (jeeps) worth N18 million
per one and Ford Ranger Truck (pickup van) worth N6 million per one were purchased for the 21 Local Government Caretaker Chairmen in the State totalling N504 million. This is aside the 70 Ford
Ranger Trucks purportedly purchased for the Police totalling N420 million.

And of course different from
the N135 million Bullet proof Range Rover ordered for the governor and being shipped home presently. We also have on good authority the
official BMW already purchased for the office of the Chief of Staff to the governor as well as a G- Wagon Mercedes Benz! The repairs and
maintenance of the Chief of Staff,s fleet are currently done at Coscharis motors, Abuja.

“We are really sad with the way our commonwealth.in Kogi is being managed under the leadership of
Yahaha Bello. Even the President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari has not changed his official car since he assumed office. What happened to
the official vehicles in these local governments?

What is wrong with the official vehicles left behind for the governor by the previous administrations? Must a responsive administration be this
insensitive to the people who eagerly voted for good governance?

“As we speak, the socio-economic plight of Kogi people is frightening, with unpaid salaries up to the.roof while basic amenities have become a mirage.

Should the government not have been more.prudent in the allocation of the state,s scarce resources instead of recklessly wasting it? The
time has come for all men of.conscience and goodwill to call Alhaji Yahaya Bello to order. Need we remind him that Kogi State is bleeding and
chocking right now? We certainly cannot go on like this!”


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