Dimapur, October 15: Accusing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of making “never-ending promises” without any action, opposition NPF has said that the motto “Verba Non Facta” is more suited to the ruling NDPP given the fact that Rio’s promises are all words and no deeds.
The ruling NDPP motto is ‘Facta Non Verba’ which roughly means ‘Deeds not words’.
“With the sole intention of fooling the citizens of Nagaland at face value while giving credence to the high sounding call for ‘change’ as the gospel, Rio made several tall promises of deadlines and targets for achievement. As obvious as it sounded, it was nothing but a bluff and a mockery to the intelligence of the citizens which boils down to the fact that a phrase like ‘Facta Non Verba’ is the last maxim a person like Rio and his NDPP Party should opt for,” said the NPF in a communiqué.
The NPF claimed that while effective governance is based on how Government conduct public affairs and manage public resources, “Neiphiu Rio’s approach is built on ‘words and not deeds’ even as his promised 100 days passed by without achievements, leaving behind the end result of his poor governance for all to see.”
The opposition alleged that Rio’s promise of a new Nagaland State Sports Policy to be implemented in the State within 100 days’ time has failed to see the dawn of the day. “Except for his sugar-coated bragging before the public every now and then, the latest being at the closing function of the NE Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship in Dimapur on Saturday, nothing concrete has come out till date.”
The NPF also alleged that Rio’s intention to bring all sports associations and federations in the State under the Nagaland Olympic Association, where he has been the permanent president since the year 2003, “is a self-seeking initiative for wealth accumulation.”
“What otherwise explains the massive price escalation of Cricket Stadium at Sovima from Rs 25 crores to Rs 75 crores which was executed by his close kith and kins in the guise of promoting sports in the State? Even the land initially donated for construction of the Stadium by Rio was later compensated at a startling value of Rs 35 per sq. ft. against the prevailing price of Rs 11 per sq. ft. in that area then. To top it all, it is learnt that more fund is being allotted for the said stadium yet again,” it said.
The NPF reminded that the construction of Multi-Disciplinary Sports Centre (Stadium) at DC Court area, Dimapur allotted by Rio “to one of his close associates yet again” commenced some 15 years back and remains incomplete till today. It alleged that the plan to set up a Sports University as per its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) released in May 2018 is another wealth-accumulation tactic of Rio.
The NPF said instead of harping on a new sports policy, Rio will do a lot of good to the citizens of Nagaland if he can bring to light the status of 5 projects amounting to Rs 31.05 crores meant for sports infrastructure development in the State.
“As the President of the Nagaland Olympic Association, Rio must also tell the citizens of Nagaland how he managed to obtain Rs 3.5 crores for conduct of the 1st Nagaland Olympics held at Dimapur in 2017 and the total expenses incurred on awards, accommodation, food, transport, etc,” it added. (Page News Service)