Former government spent N65bn on estacode, N18bn on roads – Lai Mohammed

Minister for Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Tuesday accused a previous administration in the country of allegedly spending N65 billion on estacode while investing only N18 billion on roads across the country.

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Although he did not mention the particular administration, Mohammed told newsmen during a session at his Oro residence in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State that it was such revelations that fuelled the war against corruption in the country which he said some people are erroneously describing as focused only on the opposition.

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“We salute the courage and perseverance of Nigerians,” he said about the economic recession Nigerian are going through, adding: “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 have no reserves to cushion the effects. We did not invest in infrastructure. From records, a government spent N18billion on roads but spent N65billion on estacode.”

Mohammed said the Federal Government should not be castigated for its anti-corruption a crusade being perceived as against members of the opposition, pointing out that the probe at present is about those linked with the alleged diverted funds meant for prosecuting war against members of the Bokko Haram group.

The minister also explained that the recent issue surrounding former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, was not initiated by the government but was allegedly initiated by the former First Lady when she stepped into the investigations by the EFCC involving some of her or her husband’s aides.

According to the minister, about $2.1billion which was allegedly embezzled did not only allow the insurgents to be in control of 14 out of 20 LGAs of some North Eastern states of Nigeria, but led to the incalculable loss of lives of many innocent Nigerians and degraded the nation’s armed forces.

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