Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has debunked rumours that he is set to spend N9.1billion, to build a new Governor’s Lodge in Lagos.
Emmanuel denied the allegations in Uyo on Saturday, while answering questions from reporters, after it had been claimed in some quarters that the said amount had been approved by the State House of Assembly.
Emmanuel explained that only N1.2billion was allocated for the project in the budget and said the rumour was the handiwork of mischief makers.
“Let me correct one mistake, budget is a public document. It is only when people try to change what is in the public document, it is no more than mischief.
Governor Emmanuel denies planning to spend N9.1bn on new Governor’s Lodge in Lagos
“What we have in the budget is a paltry N1.2billion, paltry sum.
“Let me say, there can only be one governor at a time and God gives a right vision to a right leader at one point in time.
“I think at this moment I need to let people who may not know to know that as at today that Akwa Ibom has a lot of fine property in Lagos.
“Let me also say that you can’t have such asset and allow it to waste.
“An asset is supposed to generate returns, but there are certain conditions you must put the asset under to get maximum returns.
“Some people misquoted the whole thing, saying have you finished building Akwa Ibom State, why are you going to Lagos,” the Governor said.