Deputy Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the Sumy Regional Council Mykola Voitenko suggested that the colleagues-deputies develop a regional program for repairing local roads in 2019-2023, which clearly define the list of roads and sources of funding. This proposal was caused by the incident with the withdrawal in favor of other regions 117.5 million UAH of state subsidies that were allocated for the repair of the Kyiv-Sumy-Yunakivka road in 2018.
In connection with the current situation, on Wednesday, July 11, the deputies gathered at the session of the regional council to address the appeal to the president and the prime minister to prevent a reduction in funding from the State Budget for Road Construction in the Sumy region.
Deputies from the OPPOSITION BLOC also supported this appeal. However, in his speech Mykola Voitenko noted that when there was a distribution of funds for the repair of roads of state and local significance, the deputies of the regional council did not participate either in determining the list of roads or in the distribution of finances. “MPs from Sumy and regional administration were engaged in this. But when there was a force majeure, they immediately appealed to the regional deputies, even no MP attended the session,” Mykola Voitenko stressed.
The oppositionist is sure that it is better not to know about the situation in the regions than the regional deputies. As they travel to the districts, communicate with voters and from the first mouth know about all the problems. Therefore, he called the regional elected representatives of Sumy region in the near future to start developing a program for repairing local roads.