The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its role in the controversial $460 million to fund the Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project.
The APC was reacting to a recent revelation by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, that the current administration continues to service a loan taken from China to fund the contract.
Concise News reports that the CCTV installation project, which was initiated by late President Umaru Yar’Adua, was awarded in August 2010 by the former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to help security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory check the growing insecurity.
Since the agreement became signed, Nigeria has been servicing this loan to China while Nigerians are yet to attest to the visibility of this project within the F.C.T.
However, in a statement on Friday by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the ruling party disclosed that the contract was awarded in August 2010.
Issa-Onilu urged Nigerians must “continuously” strive to elect progressive governments at all levels to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.
He said: “Recent disclosures by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, that the current administration continues to service a $460 million loan taken from China to fund a phoney Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contract is a stark reminder why Nigerians must continue to reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels of government.
“The fraudulent CCTV contract was awarded in August 2010.
“Lest we forget the $16billion spent on power with no electricity; fuel subsidy rackets; counter-insurgency funds that were diverted and shared to political cronies; a phoney gas supply and processing agreement which has left the current administration contesting a $9.6 billion judgment debt, among other corrupt schemes and heists perpetrated by consecutive PDP administrations during its 16 years rule,” the statement read.
The APC spokesperson called on Nigerians to continue to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is progressively and aggressively instilling financial discipline, prudence, curbing leakages and ensuring probity in the way government conducts its business.
‘The execution of the ongoing national infrastructure projects are a sharp departure from the past where contracts were awarded and cash-backed yet poorly executed or not executed at all. Today, Nigerians are getting full value for every kobo released for public works.
“Our public resources are now being rightly deployed to address our national infrastructure needs, social investments and other initiatives that directly benefit the people.”