The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has raised alarm over plans by the state government to spend N2billion to build a new governor’s lodge despite its inability to pay workers salaries.
The party also said the plan depicts the insensitivity of the government in the face of mass resignation of medical doctors over unpaid salaries.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday in Akure, the Chairman of the party in the state, Fatai Adams, said the plan was “ridiculous.”
“While the present administration of Akeredolu has a backlog of unpaid salaries of workers, it is proposing to build a N2billion new government house in Akure,” he said.
“This is not only ridiculous, but also the surest evidence that the governor has completely lost direction.
“Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Akeredolu’s predecessor, built a very befitting government house in 2013, a few years before Akeredolu assumed the reins of government.
“To spend N2billion of tax payers’ money on another government house at this time is the height of callousness and wastefulness.”
He said considering the current economic downturn, it was improper for the government to embark on a project that would serve only a few persons, when millions of the citizens were languishing in penury.
Mr Akeredolu had argued that the current government house was structurally defective and needed to be replaced.