Abuja - The Akwa Ibom State government has denied spending the sum of N4 billion during its recent 28th anniversary celebrations.
State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Aniekan Umanah, described the media reports as a "deliberate falsehood."
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"The peddlers of such story are political jobbers who are out to misinform the people, with a view to achieving negative ends," said Umanah.
He said such "humongous" amount was spent on the anniversary, during which the Dakkada spiritual rebirth and moral transformation as well as reorientation campaign were launched.
Umanah explained that the consultancy firm, which handled the media campaign for the Dakkada launch was owned by an Akwa Ibom indigence from Etinan local government area.
He thus advised Akwa Ibom people to be wary of false and misleading information by people who are bent on creating disaffection between the government and the citizens.
The Commissioner maintained that the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel would always work in the best interest of the state.
"The Governor did not mortgage the state as the agents of falsehood would have people believe, rather, the financial engineering of the present administration has re-positioned Akwa Ibom for greater accomplishments," Umanah said.
- CAJ News