Labour Party, Anambra State chapter, has frowned at the withdrawal of sponsorship of pilgrims to Jerusalem by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Obiano had last week announced that the state government would no longer sponsor pilgrims to the holy land as one of the measures to cut down cost of governance.
But the Labour Party in a press briefing held yesterday in Awka, the state capital by its state chairman, Comrade Luke Ezeanokwasa and other executive members of the party, described the governor’s pronouncement as hypocritical and misplaced.
The party maintained that the Obiano administration was spending more on the things that were not beneficial to the people of the state.
It said pilgrimage to the holy land was key in the lives of Christians, especially in a time of moral decadence such the one at hand.
It noted that to deny the people of such privileges amounted to being insensitive to society’s needs.
It said, “The Labour Party in Anambra State noted with dismay the recent cancellation of government sponsorship of pilgrims in the state under the guise of cutting down cost of governance.
“In as much as the party welcomes Willie Obiano’s sudden step towards reducing recurrent expenditures to the barest minimum. We have to draw the attention of the state government that this is a step in the wrong direction in that the state government 10 months ago used whopping 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 three cities in the state with Christmas trees and light in completing many abandoned projects dotted across the state, he furthered.
The party also pointed out that most projects initiated by the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi, had been abandoned by the present regime.
It also frowned at what it called increasing illegal and multiple taxes in the Obiano administration.

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