Ogorchukwu Isioma, Benin City

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the reason he is not using a bullet-proof car was because of paucity of funds in the state.

Governor Obaseki stated this when the state branch of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Benin City.

According to him, his administration was cutting down on the cost of governance in alignment with economic realities in Nigeria. Hence, he is using the official vehicle left behind by his predecessor.

In his words;

“I am the governor of Edo State. I am entitled to a brand new bullet-proof car, but I have not bought it because we cannot afford it”.

The governor, who said he was avoiding ‘wasteful spending,’ added that he has contracted a lady mechanic who was refurbishing old government vehicles.

Reacting to reports that the state is owing pensioners, the governor called on the local government councils in the state to provide accounts of their income and expenditure profile for the past 10 years “to enable the pensioners understand how the local government money was spent.” 

On his part, the state Chairman of ANAN, Felix Ahonsi, commended Mr. Obaseki on his effort towards human and infrastructural development in the state. 

Mr. Ahonsi said ANAN was ready to collaborate with the government in the area of accounting, auditing, and training.