By Our Correspondent
Governor Tanko Almakura has been accused by Group Captain ZR ZAKKA PhD, mni for exhibiting an attitude that shows the governor has turned Nasarawa State into a personal estate.
Going down memory lane, the retired Air Force officer, an alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) where he was also retained after graduating as the Institute’s pioneer Head of Information Communication Technologies Department has accused the governor of failing to initiate and promote projects for the State as well as correct the ills of past governments. He referred to two hotels inherited from the old Plateau State and how one of them is property of a former governor of the State.
The retired officer lamented that, despite the enormous resources- bail out and refund of excess deduction from Paris club and funds from other sources - that are available to the State, Mr Almakura has failed to pay up all salaries owed workers. Instead, he keeps pursuing white elephant projects like the Cargo port which, in the officer’s view, are merely conduits for wasting resources.
DR ZAKKA disagrees with Mr almakura for the later’s claim that equipment meant for project at Farin-Ruwa were burnt. He says his investigation reveals that no equipment deposited at Farin-Ruwa have been burnt.
DR ZAKKA, in a similar development, praised Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State for redeeming his promises to pay up every entitlements due to workers and pensioners in his State. Pointing out how Mr Lalong has achieved his objective, DR ZAKKA referred to how Mr Lalong is now called “Governor Alert” for ensuring that public workers get their salaries on, or before 25th of every month.
In a telephone discussion with our correspondent, the retired Air Force officer said “This is what I want for Nasarawa State. I believe Mr Almakura can do same. He does not have honest people around him; and most of those around him are uninformed while others engage him for what they can scoop out of him in terms of resources”.