Saturday, 8 March 2014

Lagos denies owing ex-deputy governor Bucknor-Akerele

The Lagos State Government has debunked an allegation credited to a former Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele that her entitlements were still being withheld, describing the allegation as incorrect and misleading.
The former deputy governor had granted an interview to the New Telegraph newspaper last week that all her entitlements had never been given to her.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, in a statement said government had duly paid all the pension entitlements to Bucknor-Akerele and that all other entitlements due to her were being met on a monthly basis.
 Ibirogba explained that the government was compelled to react to the former Deputy Governor's statement simply to set the records straight in the interest of the State and posterity.

According to him, one Toyota Prado Jeep and one Pickup truck were recently delivered to the former Deputy Governor as part of her entitlement.
He, however, pointed out that the area of contention with the former deputy governor was her insistence on the monetization of services rendered by personal staff employed by her, among other demands.
The commissioner said Bucknor-Akerele's demand for another set of vehicles as backup and replacement of all the vehicles every three years, "notwithstanding the current means of Government", was unacceptable.

He said government decided to issue a release as a means "to set the records straight," adding that, "as outstanding issues are currently before a court of law, we are unable to comment further."

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