The Kogi State government has denied spending N750 million on Governor Yahaya Bello’s birthday last weekend.
Earlier, the organised labour had in a statement by its Chairman, Comrade Onuh Edoka, and other principal officers accused the governor of spending N700 million to celebrate his birthday.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mrs. Folashade Arike-Ayoade yesterday dismissed the allegation. She described it as a lie.
According to her, the get-together was at the instance of the political appointees, who tasked themselves to honour the “young and vibrant governor in his effort to take the state out of the wood”.
“The governor did not know about the birthday party, and for the organised labour to claim that he spent N750 million is an embarrassment, both to the governor and the people.
“We knew if we told him of our plans, he would not accept so we decided to surprise him with the party. So, for the organised labour to insinuate that the governor spent such amount of money is highly unpatriotic and embarrassing.
“Detractors should desist from mischief as the governor is busy fixing the state,” she said.
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