The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has accused the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong of misappropriating the $2 billion (over N720 billion) loan collected from African Development Bank for potatoes processing factory payable in 25 years?
According to the minister, the APC administration in Plateau was not prudent in managing resources.
The minister asked: “Where is the $2 billion loan collected from African Development Bank for potatoes processing factory payable in 25 years? Where is the factory located? Or where is the money kept and whose account? Why did the state government keep the issue of the loan secret? What is happening to LG funds? What is happening to 5 per cent meant for the traditional council?”
He accused Governor Lalong of misleading President Muhammadu Buhari to recommission Secretariat Bridge which he said was commissioned by former President Goodluck.
Dalung, who is also from Plateau state, criticised some of the state’s signature projects and particularly its renaming of the Yakubu Gowon Way after President Buhari even while former military head of state, Mr. Gowon, is still alive.
Dalung said all the projects commissioned by President Buhari while he was in the state were executed by Governor Simon Lalong’s predecessor, Jonah Jang.
Dalung said, “Another disaster of the President’s visit was the renaming of Yakubu Gowon way to Muhammadu Buhari way. To say the least, it is embarrassing.
“Gowon was the President’s boss, how can he be stripped of a 40-year privilege and honour in his home state? This is the worst thing that can happen to a man like the elder statesman. I believed that General Gowon is feeling betrayed and abandoned by his own people.”
”And if peace has returned to Plateau, why was the LG elections suspended because of security concerns? Is it not true that Governor Jang constructed all the roads in Jos and Bukuru metropolis except for state low cost -Dong road?”