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1/31/2018

NGIGE DENIES FG’S SPENDING N1BN ON EKWUEME’S BURIAL

NGIGE DENIES FG’S SPENDING N1BN ON EKWUEME’S BURIAL
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has debunked reports that the federal government will
expend the sum of N1 billion for the burial of the former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Ngige in a statement yesterday,  described as misleading and needless,  the controversy over his interview on the commitment of the federal government to the burial of  Ekwueme, as he did not attach any figure to what he termed “a deserving national tribute to one of Nigeria’s foremost statesman.”

According to the minister, he only gave a summary  of the number of projects the  federal government has taken to ensure that a man who  easily was Nigeria’s beacon of democracy, was given a decent burial.
He said he was preempted by the rhetoric of cynics and detractors  who could have easily run to town to claim the federal government has abandoned Ekwueme in  death.

Part of the statement read: “For the avoidance of doubt, what he did as a member of the burial planning  committee was to give the details of the road rehabilitation projects from the Awka end of the state and from Abia and Imo State axis , all leading to Ekwueme’s home town of Oko, as well as the   medical services, the  mausoleum and others.  But at no time did the minister  attach a figure of N1billion.
“An unedited video and audio tape of the interview as recorded by both broadcast and print reporters  is easily within reach.”

“The minister is an Igbo and knows full well that just as  a count is not taken of the number of children a parent is blessed with in Igbo tradition, the same tradition holds the burial rites and attendant expenses even more sacred to warrant such display of figures.

“However, it is important  to add that such pieces of  information in an administration such as ours  that is  anchored on openness, and buoyed by the Freedom of Information could be at the finger tips of any investigative reporting.”

Ngige added that the Burial Planning Committee was satisfied with the progress of the  work and looked forward to a very successful event which has already kicked off beautifully and successfully  in Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.

Again, he said, perhaps, this is what detractors did not wish to see.
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