Amosun Denies Spending N2.7bn On Foreign Trips

Amosun Denies Spending N2.7bn On Foreign Trips

Amosun Denies Spending N2.7bn On Foreign Trips

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has denied allegations that his government spent N2.7bn on foreign trips and chartered flights in 16 months.

Amosun, who also raised the alarm that some unnamed forces in the state planned to bring his government down, said his administration had only spent a total sum of N236m on foreign trips in the past 16 months and not N2.75bn as being speculated.

A Short Message Service, which had been circulating in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital since Monday last week, alleged that the governor had expended about N2.75bn on chartered flights and foreign trips in the past one year and three months.

The SMS being circulated by unknown persons also alleged that Amosun spent about N26m on the chartered flights that airlifted him and others to and from Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj recently.

But according to the governor, also included in the N236m so far expended on international travels was the amount spent on the purchase of tickets and the estacode paid to government officials on foreign trips.

He explained that while he spent the total sum of N30, 792, 295 on foreign travels between May 2011 and August 2012, he and other government officials expended N97,058,575.30 on foreign trips within the same period.

Amosun, who spoke through his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, at a news conference in Abeokuta, said, “Ordinarilly, we would not have responded. The reason we are making this explanation is because the government is accountable to the people. All these things you are seeing are just orchestrated campaigns to bring the government down. There are some people who are lazy and idle and the only thing they can do now is to bring the government down.”

The commissioner however said the state government had concluded plans to sue the publishers of the Nigerian Compass Newspapers over the matter.

The state government, he added, would be demanding the sum of N200m from the publishers of the newspaper for libel.

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