Awka – The Labour Party in Anambra on Saturday opposed the withdrawal of government sponsorship of pilgrims to Jerusalem.
The Labour Party Chairman in the state, Mr Luke Ezeanokwasa, told newsmen in Awka on Saturday that government’s action was misplaced.
Gov. Willie Obiano had last week announced that the state government would no longer sponsor pilgrims to the holy land as part of measures to cut down cost of governance.
Ezeanokwasa, however, said that the Obiano administration was spending more on initiatives that were not beneficial to the people of the state.
He said the holy pilgrimage was crucial in the lives of Christians, especially at a time of moral decadence.
Ezeanokwasa said that to deny the people of such privileges amounted to being insensitive to society’s needs.
“Labour Party in Anambra noted with dismay the recent cancellation of government sponsorship of pilgrims in the state under the guise of cutting down cost of governance,’’ he said.
Ezeanokwasa said while government’s move to reduce recurrent expenditure was welcome, the party was worried about “ the wrong use of N600 million in decorating the cities of Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha with Christmas trees and light.’’
“The governor should have used the N600 million used in decorating the cities with Christmas trees and light in completing many abandoned projects dotted across the state,’’ Ezeanokwasa added.
He also said that most projects initiated by the former governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi, had been abandoned by the present administration.
The party chief further lamented what he called the increasing illegal and multiple taxes of the present administration. (NAN)