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Uduaghan Left A Staggering Debt For Delta To Bear --- Opone

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba
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A former governorship aspirant in the 2015 general election in Delta State, Chief Johnson Opone, has accused the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, of plugging the economy of the state into a bad shape before leaving office.

Speaking over the weekend when he received leaders and members of the Indigenous Correspondents’ Chapel (ICC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State on a media parley in Kwale, (Utagba-Ogbe) the administrative headquarters ofNdokwa West local government area.

Hear him: “our erstwhile governor, His Excellency Uduaghan, left a staggering debt for the state to bear”.

Opone, who was allegedly installed by the likes of the incumbent governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa, Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), Friday Osanebi, the member representing Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency of Delta State, Ossai Nicholas Ossai among others as the President-General (PG) Ndokwa Neko Union (NNU) said, he was not part of those criticizing Okowa for non-achievement.

“I am not one of those who is castigating his government for non-achievement, rather, I am praising him for the one he has done within the merger resources available to the state”.

He disclosed that the nation is been govern with what he termed a ‘resources allocation syndrome’, “the state merger resources cannot carry even recurrent expenditure. And these are one of those things as a charted accountant; we are also advocating at the federal level that our government should not over borrow, that servicing the debt becomes a burden to the good people of Nigeria”.

However, Uduaghan had said the debt profile as announced by his predecessor was over blown, calling for caution as “anything released to the media is difficult to correct”.

He also noted that since the announcement, the debt profile as claimed by Okowa has drastically reduced.