Akwa Ibom State Government Has Gone ahead to award a contract for a new State Laison Office in Lagos despite protests from the youths in the State against the said project. It should be recalled that Barr. Inibeghe Effiong Led a massive protest of Indigenes of the state against the project both in Lagos and in Uyo.
The protest is on the grounds that the state already has two offices in Lagos State ( A State Owned Lodge and A liaison Office) and another one in Abuja, and a new office is unnecessary.
The contract Sum Of ₦9.1 Billion Naira, for the building would build industries, to provide jobs for jobless youths in the state, though the state govt has refuted the contract sum and claims it will cost less than ₦9.1 Billion Naira but the Governor is yet to prove economic importance of a third Office in Lagos says the protesters.
That the state should be using its limited funds to develop its state rather than develop an already developed former National Capital city.
That at a time that the country is going through a recession that it will be the height of insensitivity to the plights of the suffering masses in the state for the Govt to spend N9 billion In an elitist office that will be a glorified motel for the state politicians to lodge in Lagos, when the masses lack the basics like good schools, hospitals, power, portable water etc back home.
If govt. is desperate for befitting motel for its politicians in Lagos they could easily renovate one or both of the offices it already has in Lagos for less.
Photo: Proposed Ibom Lodge in Lagos
The protest in Uyo was the first time in the modern history of the state that such a large group of people has ever massively protested government policy an indication of how unpopular the project is in the state.
Nigeria Circle gathered that the protesters are also not happy that the tallest building in Akwa Ibom state is 12-storeys and the governor has chosen to build a 21-storey building in a different state.