The Abia State Government has denied the state governor, Alex Otti, spent over N900 million on feeding and welfare from July to September 2023.
The state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Kingsley Anosike said the expenditure “was not by the governor’s office as alleged, but by the entire ministries, departments and agencies” in the state.
Media reports have it that Otti spent N927 million within three months on refreshments/meals, settlement of honorarium, allowances, and welfare packages.
However, in a press statement on Monday, the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Kingsley Anosike, described the reports as “a reflection of the mindset of the opposition to create mischief”, explaining that the expenditure “was not by the governor’s office as alleged, but by the entire ministries, departments and agencies” in the state.
Anosike said, “Following the publication of the Q3 budget report of the Abia State Government, and in line with the government’s commitment to transparency, good governance, and fiscal discipline, it has become necessary to shed more light on the aforementioned report.
This is even more so when there are certain distorted reports on social media alleging that the Abia State Government had spent close to N1 billion on feeding and welfare for the Governor’s Office, within the period under review.
“The accurate situation is that nothing in that region has been spent in the Governor’s Office”.
#AlexOtti, #Abia, # DopeReporters, #NewsFromNigeria