LP’s Eradiri insists Diri must justify use of N30bn to complete 10-km road

Diri, Eradiri

Labour Party candidate in Bayelsa 2023 governorship poll Udengs Eradiri and Gov Douye Diri

By Nathan Nwakamma

The candidate of the Labour Party, LP in the November governorship election in Bayelsa has challenged Udengs Eradiri Governor Douye Diri to explain how he spent ₦30 billion to put the finishing touches to a 10.2-kilometre dual carriageway started by his predecessor, instead of just calling him a liar over the issue.

While inaugurating the project recently in Yenagoa, Diri put the cost of the 10.2- km road at N30 billion.

However, Eradiri had queried Diri’s claim, noting that the ₦30 billion spent to construct the 10.2-km phase two Glory Drive Road in Yenagoa, amounted to ₦3 billion per kilometre.

However, the state government had criticised the LP’s candidate’s claim, calling him a liar. Chief Press Secretary to Diri, Mr Daniel Alabrah said Eradiri lied because he was seeking to score cheap political points.

However, Eradiri, in response said Diri should not dissipate his energy by calling him a liar without justifying “the bogus figure” he spent to complete a road inherited at an advanced state of completion.

“This is outrageous and shows a lack of prudency with public funds by the Diri-led administration.

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Eradiri appealed to the state governor to address the facts around prudence, accountability and transparency he raised in the road project.

Eradiri said: “The people of Bayelsa expected Gov. Diri to provide a contrary cost for the project, something lower than the N30 billion he allegedly spent.

“Diri should come clean on the cost of all his projects,” he said, alleging that cost of these projects are usually shrouded in secrecy.

“I challenge him to publish the costs of some of his projects, because it is the people’s money and the people deserve to know.

“Transparency and accountability in governance are the foundation of trust in leadership.

(NAN)

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