Jonathan Spent N67Billion On Fertilizer, N65Billion On Travels & N18Billion On Nigerian Roads

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September 14, 2016 – Jonathan Spent N67Billion On Fertilizer, N65Billion On Travels & N18Billion On Nigerian Roads 

The Federal Government has disclosed that the admin istration of President Goodluck Jonathan spent N65 billion on travels in one year whereas it spent only N18 billion on roads across the country in the same period.

The administration, it was further alleged, also left N67 billion debt on fertilizer procurement alone for its successor. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the allegations yesterday during a session with newsmen at his Oro residence in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, also lamented that Nigeria has, so far, lost about $1 billion to the new wave of insurgency in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Mohammed said it was such revelations that fuelled the war against corruption in the country.

He noted that the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts to correct the misdeeds of the past government could not be felt immediately because the rots in the system were too colossal for short term solutions.

The minister said that the Federal Government should not be castigated for its anti-corruption crusade being perceived as against members of the opposition, pointing out that the probe at present is about those linked with the diversion of funds meant for procurement of arms. His words: “People say we should not talk about what happened yesterday, but it is pertinent to learn, understand and move away from past mistakes. In the whole of 2014, the government then expended about N18 billion on roads, but spent N65 billion on travels.

This year alone, we have spent N70 billion on roads. “People say why are these steps not being felt immediately; it is because the last government refused to pay contractors between 2012 and 2015 even when crude was selling at $100 per barrel. Out of the N70 billion being owed Julius Berger, we have paid N14 billion. If government was not owing Julius Berger in the past and we paid N14 billion to them, you would have seen them busy on the roads.”

According to the minister, about $2.1 billion, which was allegedly embezzled, did not only allow the insurgents to be in control of 14 out of 20 local governments in Borno State, but led to the incalculable loss of lives of many innocent Nigerians and degraded the nation’s armed forces. On the $34.1 million frozen in the accounts linked to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the minister stated that the probe was not initiated by the government. According to him, “Those being prosecuted today are being prosecuted for what reason?

The answer is obvious; it is about what happened to the funds allocated to fight Boko Haram.

As at that time, 14 out of 20 LGAs were under the control of the insurgents. “We were all wondering what could be happening to our gallant military men who had excelled outside the country helping others, but could not defend our territorial boundaries. In the process, the Pandora box was opened. So, it is only the budget voted for defence that is being investigated.

So it is not about going out to investigate members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or Mrs. Patience Jonathan. In her case, she was the one who came out when her aides or those of her husband were being investigated.”

He said the current hardship would have been ameliorated if there had been a conscious investment in infrastructure. He blamed successive governments for allegedly ignoring the needs for massive investments in infrastructure and reserves as he urged the populace to bear with the current administration that has decided to do things right.

His words: “We salute the courage and perseverance of Nigerians. We know what they are going through. It is not about trading blames; it is about those who used this or that. We had for long the economy centred around one commodity.

Our dependence on oil formed over 60 per cent of our Gross Domestic Products (GDP). When the oil price crashed, we had no reserves to cushion the effects. We did not invest in infrastructure. “Although people said we should stop talking about the past, we believe that proper accounts must be made.

We are hampered by the Niger Delta instability and we have, in the process, lost about $1 billion. But despite all these, major state capitals will be linked with effective rail system very soon. “The kind of leadership we have in Nigeria today is by example.

No minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for instance, can today fly in First Class even if he has the wherewithal to do so. He must fly in the economic class. So we must all sacrifice. Do you know that a pharmacist who sells fake drug is worse than a Permanent Secretary who embezzled? The said pharmacist can send you to your early graves.”

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12 thoughts on “Jonathan Spent N67Billion On Fertilizer, N65Billion On Travels & N18Billion On Nigerian Roads

  1. Many things are hapun wey we was not knowing bifor. But now we have know. It make us to know say Nigeria pipul is long throat. Nigeria pipul is plimby. I am a wisher of say my papa is from Zimbabwe and my mama is from Mozambic and they are born me for Zambia. Nonsens.

  2. The headings alone is killing. @omokehinde, @big aunty koks, @metu,@dhunter,@endure,@huchenna,@jilo,@red, @bench and @ all please come on board this one pass me.

    • hahhahah you have said it all. I love comments by these people you have mentioned above, and I love Nigerians and their sense of humour. I live in Accra and i dont miss naijagists stories for anything.

  3. When will all these propaganda end, everyday different figures and masses are dying of starvation. . jobless people.

  4. Wow! So all these mind boggling figures allegedly embezzled are only in relation to funds meant to fight boko and do not relate to other projects ?? Oh Nigerians, oh!
    However,while the fight against corruption is on, let the Nation also fight for RECOVERY because if we fold our hands and do nothing to repair the bad roads and to provide facilities for the populace to farm , and to provide the other necessary services that do sustain us, we wil die of hunger and despair. The roads in the South East and South South are deplorable.there are no jobs for our youths. Workers are not paid. Retirees are on long queues of anticipated payments of their gratuity and pensions and many have died without being paid anything. The dismal picture cuts across every sphere of life. No affordable healthcare. Must we really waste time on debates and blames ?
    Now we know where the weaknesses were in the past, let the present administration prioritize on how to use the limited resources to elevate the suffering of the people immediately. Of what use will long term perfect solution be if everybody dies from hunger before the situation is rectified ?
    Drastic situations call for drastic actions for resolving same. If you cannot build roads, at least PATCH the existing ones so they are motorable, undertake farming projects. To some extent, these will provide employment for some people while helping life move for everybody. Those in authority PLEASE THINK FAST AND ACT FAST for Nigerians need your action.
    Captains of the vessel called NIGERIA do something……….ooooooo. ,!!!!!! PLEEEAAASSSSSE !

  5. it is obvious to all nigerians that since one year plus APC took office,their greatest achievement is to blame previous administration,tomorrow another APC member will come and tell us how GEJ spent trillion dollars to change his wardrope.my questions is when will the present administration stop all these their blame games,focus and do their own quater to better the economy of nigeria so that nigerians will cease to suffer or is it blames we will b seeing till [email protected] ur APC member lai mohammed don give u topic to analyze for him,we r waiting for ur comment,if u havnt send it befor my.

  6. Nsi obogwu! nsi tolotolo. NAN, since when did you become merchant in organic manure. Well, well, well, am gonna scoop this expensive poop and transfer it to my farm because that’s where it is best used.

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