By Yusuf Idris Gusau
The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC was surprised to see a recent writeup emanating from the non directional PDP led government in the state under a stolen mandate under Mr. Dauda Lawal Dare saw the desirous need to correct the lies by putting the records in the right perspective.
It is always perplexing when a supposed leader fails to give the right information to the people he is responsible to lead especially in politics where a leader is blinded by political vendetta like the case of the current governor of Zamfara, Mr. Dauda Lawal Dare is emersed in.
The recent of his unfounded noise is the attack on his predecessor and Minister of (State) Defence, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle over the multi-billion naira Zamfara Cargo Airport project being executed by Matawalle before his mandate was stolen from him in favour of the current governor.
We will want to categorically state that since government is a continuous process, Mr. Dare is aware of the actual and true position of things on the matter but chose to deceive the people of the state due to the unconfessed hate and disdain he has for Matawalle and also using misinformation to coverup his failure especially in squarely addressing insecurity in Zamfara where bandits have virtually taken control of the state in bloodletting spree of innocent citizens while the governor is irresponsibly engaged in street dancing in Imo state as if he is expressing his joy over the killings in Zamfara people.
As a retired banker, Mr. Dare very well knows that the cargo airport contract was based on what is called ‘Contract financing’ which in this case is between Zamfara State government and private entities whereby funding banks have to assess every step in the progress of work being carried out, raise certificate therefrom before payment is effected.
Before Matawalle left office, significant progress was recorded on the project, thus while Mr. Dare was mischievously saying that only his imaginable 19 percent of progress was achieved. He forgot that there are different components of the project.
To put the records straight therefore, our people need to know that payment was made on the project through which comprised many components, making a composite attainment of over 30 percent stage of work completed.
Since the project is open for public scrutiny, Zamfara people are free to go and see for themselves.
However, let’s delve into this for the sake of our people who might not have time to visit the site, on the Runway, there had been excavation, filling, and compaction of two kilometres out 3.4 kilometres completed, one kilometre clearance- completed, Taxing way of 500 metres, clearance, excavation, filling and compaction completed, Apron area 200/2 metres of 190 metres, with clearance, excavation, filling, and compaction completed.
Similarly, the Terminal-Level iron rafter is at 50 per cent stage of completion, Water pool is at 90 per cent completion while water reservoir has been fully completed with all Boreholes drilled and completed
The cargo itself is at 75 per cent stage of completion, fire station, 75 per cent completed.
On Mast, NCAA was urged to advise the neighbouring Air Force Base to move it from the current location in order to avoid interruption at the airport.
Wire fence is 75 per cent completed, Link road of 1.5 kilometres clearing, filling, and compaction completed, unfortunately the governor directed for the scrapping of the road after it was completed for reasons that only him can tell our people.
Airport access dual road, Gate and Drainages have all been completed with Environment assessment by the Federal Ministry of Aviation carried out and completed.
It must also be noted that the Matawalle led government never ventured into this project blindly or ignorantly because it was aimed to upgrade Zamfara to higher pedastal, so it involved all concerned authorities from the Federal Ministry of Aviation to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA to the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency NAMA as well as the engagement of competent consultant who all have all the documents involved.
If per chance, the lying administration refuses to make these true satisfied documents available in all public domain due to its ulterior motives, we will bring them out so that the people can be the judge in the matter.
With the foregoing, therefore, we challenge Mr. Dare to bring out the true documents as well as give reasons on why he is destroying structure at the airport, he should also tell the tax payers why he has vehemently refused to look into the contractor’s call for variation of the project from N11 billion to N25 billion which was necessitated by the high cost of materials.
The governor must explain to us how he feels when his people are massacred on a daily basis but he chose not to even visit to sympathize with victims and their families but could travel to other places and release his videos dancing in public.
Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary