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‘We Spent N223m On Meals Not N1bn’ – Abia Govt

Abia State has said that the office of the governor did not spend close to one billion naira on feeding and welfare in the third quarter period.

Gatekeepers News reports that the clarification follows widespread reports on social media that the office of the Governor alone allegedly spent close to one billion naira on meals and refreshments in the third quarter financial period.

A press statement signed by Kazie Uko, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Alex Otti, explained that it has only spent a total of N223,389,889.84 on meals and refreshments for the period.

According to the press release, the figure captured the expenditures of all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), not just those of the Office of the Governor, as widely speculated.

“The stated figure covers expenses for special events, such as retreats, conferences, and related events. For welfare, the Abia State Government has so far spent the sum of N397,520,734.84.

“The welfare expenditure is in line with the State Fiscal, Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability Programme (SFTAS), an initiative of the federal government.

“Also, note that the welfare expenditure covers all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and not just the Governor’s Office, as wrongly alleged. Expenses under Welfare deal with issues of health, rehabilitation, and public emergencies,” the press statement said.

It added that Governor Otti would always uphold transparency in his administration.

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