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Govt slashes deputy governor’s budgetary allocation

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OBASEKI AND SHAIBU

The 2024 Budget has a significant reduction in the allocation to the Office of the Deputy Governor, as Governor Godwin Obaseki allocated N345 million to the office, in contrast to the N19 billion allocated to the Office of the State Governor. The allocation to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government was N8 billion, considerably higher than the N345 million allocated to the deputy governor’s office. In comparison, the House of Assembly received N13 billion, and the Office of the Head of Service got N968 million.

According to a source within the House of Assembly, the reduction in the allocation to the deputy governor’s office is linked to his ambition to succeed Obaseki as the governor of the state. Reportedly, some lawmakers loyal to the deputy governor objected to the decision of the assembly members to pass the budget as presented by the governor, describing it as an “unfair appropriation.”

Although the budget has reportedly caused division among the lawmakers, a principal member of the House of Assembly denied any division within the House. Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu had mentioned that his office had not received any allocation in the last six months due to the ongoing tension between him and the governor. He stated that he has been running the office and carrying out activities through support from friends and goodwill.

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