While residents lack potable water, Ondo Govt. spends billions feeding Mimiko, other officials

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko
Photo Credit: Ondo State Government

The Ondo State government spent more money on refreshments and meals for public officials and their guests than it spent on providing potable water for millions of its residents who have no access to the basic necessity.

Between 2013 and 2015, the state government agreed to spend N1.79 billion on refreshments, meals and political donations, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report.

While N1.2 billion of the sum represented actual expenditure in 2013 and 2014, the remaining N590 million represents the aggregate of the proposed estimates for 2015.

The money was jointly expended by the three arms of government – the executive, legislature and judiciary – all of whom make up less than 0.1 per cent of the state’s population.

The expenditure profile is as contained in the state’s budget approved for 2015 by the House of Assembly.

The amount spent on meals, refreshments and donations by the government is far more than what was spent on water and sanitation projects (WATSAN) for the same period.

According to the figures in the approved budget, which is tagged “Caring Heart Budget VI,” between 2013 and 2015, the Ondo State government voted N363 million for WATSAN.

Provision of potable water for residents is a huge challenge the state government, one of the richest in the south-western part of the country, appears unable to resolve.

Although pipe-borne water is available at the city centre in Akure, the state capital, most homes in the state rely on personally dug and untreated wells and boreholes for water.

The Ondo State Water Corporation currently sells a 20 litre keg of water for N20 to the public at different points within the city.

It is not only on meals and refreshments for its elites that the expended huge amounts, the state also voted N1.47 billion for inexplicable expenditures by both the Executive and the Legislature.

Such expenditures include, “Peace and Prosperity In the State”, “Initiative For Advancement of Democratic Values,” “Opinion Poll Research,” “Gift items during festivities and children’s party,” among others.

Government won’t explain

Responding to PREMIUM TIMES enquiries on the expenditure, the Chief Press Secretary to the Ondo State Governor, Eni Akinsola, said he did not have a copy of the budget details to be able to respond adequately.

He, however, said the budget is an estimate of what government intended to spend in a fiscal year and did not really represent actual expenditures.

When confronted with the fact the figure included actual expenditures in 2013 and 2014, he noted that he would need to get back to his office and take another look at the figures.

“If it is not a do or die affair, I will need to return to the office, because I am in Abuja right now, so I can respond when we have the figures,” he said.

When Mr. Akinsola was called the following day, he would not answer his call, but sent a message that he was still in Abuja. About a week later, he was yet to respond to our enquiries.

The Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information, George Olamide, did not answer or return calls seeking comment. He also did not reply a text message sent to him.

Expenditure For Meals and Refreshments (2013-2015)
S/No Agency Category Actual Expenditure 2013

N(million)

Actual Expenditure 2014

N(million)

Proposed Expenditure 2015

N(million)

1 Governor’s Office 153.40 153.20 153.30
2 Deputy Governor 9.50 5.50 6.60
3 Judiciary 18.90 13.80 16.90
4. House of Assembly 131.70 38.30 47.30
5 MDAs 34.70 87.30 94.60
                                                                      Donations
1 Governor’s Office 249.80 260.60 229.00
2 Deputy Governor 20.00 21.50 20.00
3 House of Assembly 8.00 7.00 10.00
Total 626.00 587.00 577.70
Aggregate Total        1,790.70
Curious Expenditures – Governor’s Office
S/No Items Description Actual Exp. 2013 Actual Exp. 2014 Proposed Exp. 2015
1 Gift items during festivities/children’s party 145.60 142.80    Nil
2 Opinion Poll Research 21.50   Nil 95.00
3 Hosting of guests during special events 133.70 129.00 204.00
4 Settlement of Hotel Bills 121.70 131.10 120.00
Curious Expenditure – House of Assembly
1 Peace and Prosperity in the state 15.00 27.00 40.00
2 Initiative for the advancement of democratic values 38.50 35.00 30.00
3 Clearing of Assembly premises 10.40 4.50 10.00
4 Procurement of uniforms for Sergeant At Arms 4.00 2.50 5.00
Total 490.40 471.90 504.00
Aggregate total    1,466.30

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  • ed

    Caring Heart ?.

    • Shahokaya

      Caring mouth and stomach for careless mimmikos.

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        good one

  • Unbiased

    Have never seen you people write a report about the World class Health Care in Ondo state or the Basic Education. I have never seen you dissect other Budget in APC state as you constantly do with PDP states.

    I do not hold brief for any of this Politician but reports like this make me feel you are part of the APC propaganda medium.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      How does your comment affect the facts on the ground? So if PT does not criticize APC states, it shouldn’t point out the injustice above?. Go away from here…you should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Olu from South Africa

      It could have been better to keep muting instead of displaying declination in mental ability. One is pointing out evils in the society you are saying is one sided.

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        nice point! Next time, we beg you to make it simple. Some of us only speak English and you are writing in grammar.

        • Olu from South Africa

          Sorry pal. The guy’s wrap was annoying. He deserves e-punch.

    • Unbiased

      @@olufromsouthafrica:disqus I pity your upbringing If you have to insult people to argue your point.

      @@shahokaya:disqus As i said in my statement above, I hold no brief for any politician or political party but I want to see a holistic reporting about corruption in the Nigerian society. It is not just peculiar to PDP but also in APC. I want to see them reporting the budget of APC states likewise the PDP states and also give credit to any that have done well.

      I remember the reporting PremiumTimes did on the achievements of Akpabio in Akwa Ibom discrediting everything he did. Same with Mimiko. Lets see the budget of Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Delta, Cross-River and the rest. You will be bewildered at the extravagant expenditure some of this state governors are making. I read somewhere that an APC governor paid over 100,000,000 Naira for prayers against Boko Haram

      I will state this again, Corruption is not peculiar to any group of people, religion or region but in every sphere of our society. Let the reporting be holistic and not targeted.

    • SAM .A

      Shut up , if he created good Health care center , is that the reason they should steal? The Health care center he created is what is expected from him to do , it was government money . The reason Nigeria has not have meaningful development is because of biased people like you . Who sing praise elected for doing the job they were paid to do.

    • Alpha

      You mean one single project in Ondo town since the inception of Mimiko’s admin is enough to justify the monumental squander listed above? It is true the health facility built in Ondo is “World class” according to you, but go to Akpabio’s Akwa-Ibom state, another oil producing state and see “World class” Fly-Overs, Roads, Airport, Stadium, to name a few, not in only one town in the state. You may check Amaechi’s Rivers or Uduaghan’s Delta states too.
      It is such lazy thing defending the indefensible.

      It is so disappointing to see a state raped the way Ondo state is being ruined by Mimiko.

  • Shahokaya

    Caring for the heart and mouth of careless mimmikos .

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    N1.79 Billion for food and refreshment? How?…each of them eats a cow every 2 days?
    it is highly unlikely. This is nothing but pocket change….pocket change in the sense that they change the reason for the money and put in their pocket.

    • BUDGET OF DOOM

      “I thought that with the Muhammadu Buhari change mantra, the era of budgeting huge amount for frivolous things in the Presidency would become history in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as seen from the 2016 budget submitted to the national Assembly.” —Yemi Adebowale =AT=thisdaylive-January, 2016

      In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following:

      1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
      2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
      3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
      4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
      5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
      6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
      7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
      8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
      9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
      10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

      From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

      Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for? How is Ondo different? Why did Premium Times not raise the alarm on Presidency’s budget?This is why we need to breakup Nigeria into manageable cohesive nations.

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        Go away! Go very very far away…you insane little monkey.

  • SAM .A

    PT , good investigative journalism, keep it up .N146.5 millions for gifts during festivities & Children’s party,. You see how the ‘Agbaya oles ‘in Ondo state are lying to their people , how much did any of those children took home to their parents out of 146.5 millions , whose children benefitted from it. Ondo people should shine their eyes and ask the governor and his collaborators to explain the issues raised in this budget . Until they are able to account for every kobo spent and stolen this case must not close.

  • SECCESSIONIST

    Whether you report it or not, the truth is that the Niger Deltan revolutionary fighters have begun a sustained attack on the oil installations in the Niger Delta for 3 days now following the court order on the arrest of one of its leaders – General Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo). Leading Nigerian newspapers report that the Nigerian military is moving in droves to occupy the Niger Delta. But I believe the Niger Deltan defense forces would have anticipated this. In my own opinion, to stop the attacks, the Nigerian military will have to deploy at least 25 heavily armed combat ready military men to EVERY household (compound/building) in order to stop the attacks. This is my own security assessment.

    Truly, it is the Niger Delta where Vultures feast. The Vultures believe harassing people and use of force can erase ideas and will of the people to control their God given resources. Were it not for useless Britain what would have been the relationship between the man from Sapele and a miserable cow milking lazy specimen from the Maghreb?

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      Listen to yourself. Your leader is called General Government……..you freaking buttholes in that freaking creek are mindless morons. One of yours had a chance to rule the country….look at what he did!
      Nigeria is done with you. We pray you are right ………..because .when mosquitoes start disturbing you with the irritating buzz in your ears, the only thing to do is to wipe them out .

      The only thing we will miss is the authentic yam pepper soup from your area Don’t worry though, we have the recipe.

  • Budget of Doom

    “I thought that with the Muhammadu Buhari change mantra, the era of budgeting huge amount for frivolous things in the Presidency would become history in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as seen from the 2016 budget submitted to the national Assembly.” — Yemi Adebowale =AT=thisdaylive, January 2016

    In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following:

    1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
    2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
    3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
    4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
    5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
    6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
    7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
    8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
    9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
    10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

    From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

    Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for? How is Ondo different? Why did Premium Times not raise the alarm on Presidency’s budget?This is why we need to breakup Nigeria into manageable cohesive nations.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      You sure do make a lot of noise. You should seek employment as a soccer game announcer.

  • Fred Duke

    I pity the idiots that snatch ballot boxes and run in the bush for these reckless and thieving thieves to win elections. Nigerian politicians are all thieves. I repeat, Nigerian politicians are all thieves and the people deserve their rulers. Until we rise up and vote these thieves out, we have to live with it.

    • Fred Duke

      In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following:

      1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
      2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
      3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
      4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
      5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
      6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
      7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
      8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
      9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
      10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

      From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

      Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for? How is Ondo different? Why did Premium Times not raise the alarm on Presidency’s budget?This is why we need to breakup Nigeria into manageable cohesive nations.

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        Stop trying to disseminate your vitriolic hatred of Buhari. The folks that voted for him will be with him until such a time that they are no longer with him. Nothing you say has a change of affecting that, especially if you continue on this route you are on.
        Buhari and Osibanjo are 2 politicians we know that gave up 50% of their salaries for the nation….so please shut up!

        • ayobamiba

          Please can you contradict those figures he presented from buharis budget presented to NASS which is in public domain,if you can not contradict him why make yourself a dummy by what you wrote,how much is the official salaries of buhari and osibajo? Justapose what you claimed that they forfeited with what they are now appropriating to themselves, Don’t you think they have hoodwinked you and your bewitshed sad ( SAI ) baba imbecile comrades. APC is a big big fraud package with good looking deciet,lies,propaganda, falsehoods and blackmail.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      You just finished talking about idiots that steal ballot boxes and run into the bush. You do understand that they don’t do this as a hobby, right? Someone pays for them to do this. Most likely the “thieving thieves” you so eloquently spoke about.

      Our question to you is simple. Forget the wrongfulness of your assertions that Nigerians do not “rise up and vote”. how will rising up to vote change anything if the “thieving thieves” will just have the ballot boxes stolen into the bush?

      The point you are trying to make is very important but your line of thought and reasoning are not articulate enough to carry them through.

      Sit back, chill out….and think of what you want to say before saying it. We are with you 100%

      • kenke2000

        STEALING IS NOT A PARTY-DEFINED CRIME. IT IS AN INDIVIDUAL FAILING THAT MUST BE SEEN
        AS SUCH. AND SO LONG AS JOURNALISTS SEE STEALING AS EITHER THE MEANING OF APC
        OR THE PDP, FOR SO LONG SHALL NIGERIANS BE MISLED AS CRASS DUPES TO BE ROBBED.

        • D. Omatsola

          @aminukolawoleonyekwere:disqus

          Take Delta, for example. Within six months,
          Delta state has been robbed to the bones under the new governor – IFEANYI OKOWA.
          The state’s bus transport corporation is dead and now in bankruptcy from official
          thefts done by Ifeanyi Okowa’s political appointees who plundered and looted.
          Today, Delta Line can’t pay its workers’ salaries.

          Ditto, the Delta state’s oil parastatal DESOPADEC is bedlam defined. The
          Desopadec commissioners are shouting out that Ifeanyi Okowa’s officials are
          determined to steal away all oil revenues accruing to Delta state. They are said
          to make demands on Desopadec for as much as one billion Naira in daylight theft.

          Desopadec commissioners have shouted out for help and intervention before the
          whole of Delta State is killed off with thefts by Ifeanyi Okowa’s associates, cronies,
          and family members.

  • Raymond Thanni

    Premium Times is Nigeria’s best ever

    Premium Times is the only media house left
    practising true journalism. The others are lumped up as messy partisan media
    in defence of APC or PDP – which is what sensible journalists should never be.
    They cross that ethics line for fees and favours under the table and don’t feel
    any compunction for betraying their own country. So-called Columnists in The
    Punch newspaper, for example, are so execrable they give offence. They make no
    disguises of utter partisanship; and in effect, invite total dis-belief in the nonsense
    they write to make APC look less bad – even as the country, Nigeria, falls into a
    pit under the incompetent hands of the APC clueless government.

  • Chief. O.O Akinmogun

    Thank you for focusing on the corrupt spending of the Ondo state government. It is lawless and thievish. It goes on without
    check or control. The Ondo state House of Assembly is not a legislative house, but a partner in crime. Over against this corrupt government united to steal and rob the people, the courts are left struggling, and, in limbo, since Judges of courts
    who dissent are denied promotion and favours to pay for their children’s school fees. That is why Ondo state, and indeed Nigeria, became worse than it was in the 1970s – according to a recent World Bank survey. What’s been going on since
    1999 is NOT democracy but barefaced wholesale stealing in the name of the law of executive discretion.If Nigerians know what’s good for them they’ll form militias to terminate this fake and criminals’ democracy which has bled Nigeria badly by
    $150 billion officially confirmed stolen so far. Failure to act against this bane of official theft is destroying the country.

    • newshour

      “Shocking details emerged from the recently presented 2016 budget that the executive arm of government
      will spend the lion share of N5.87 trillion or about 96.5 per cent of the total N6.1 trillion. Then, about N205
      billion (or 3.5 per cent) goes to the other arms of government. The Legislature and the Judiciary will get N115
      billion and N90 billion respectively, Vanguard revealed. The breakdown of the budget also indicates that the
      federal government intends to spend N39 billion in running the Office of the President with major allocations
      going to car purchase at N3.9 billion; and, another N189 million to change tyres for specified vehicles
      in the Buhari Presidency.”

      ………….NIGERIA BULLETIN

  • Godwin

    Fred Duke stop ranting unnecessarily in this forum and apart nobody can and will take all your figures seriously because the budget is yet to be approved by the senate. If at all those figures you quoted they will be defended. We know PMB and Osibanjo are very prudent enough to spend unnecessarily. It is because of people like you that the budget when finally approved will make open for Nigerian to see. Stop feeding Nigerians with wrong information.

    • ayobamiba

      Please can you contradict those figures he presented from buharis budget presented to NASS which is in public domain,if you can not contradict him why make yourself a dummy by what you wrote,how much is the official salaries of buhari and osibajo? Justapose what you claimed that they forfeited with what they are now appropriating to themselves, Don’t you think they have hoodwinked you and your bewitshed sad ( SAI ) baba imbecile comrades. APC is a big big fraud package with good looking deciet,lies,propaganda, falsehoods and blackmail.if you choose to remain blind,Nigerians have chosen to open their eyes wide.having seen the self inflicted calamities of buhari presidency ,no Nigerian shall ever allow himself to be again deceived by APC lies and propaganda.

  • ayobamiba

    Please premium times should stop been used as a mouthpiece for APC axis of evil wicked manipulations. Nigerians should take this corruptly induced media org serious if it can publish the 6 states of southwest spending as it has done on ondo so that Nigerians can compare and contrast.

    • Godwin

      Ayobamiba is like u a total confused man bcos u are beating about d bush. U leave subject matter and u are addressing irrelevant topic. We really pity u bcos for d next four years this is how u will be ranting. If u are from Ondo state address d issue at stake otherwise keep quite.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    @ayobamiba:disqus & ilk:Why did you not peruse the content of this write up before you ignorantly resort to condemning APC and Premium Times.With non-controversial detail published about the waste and systemic mis-appropriation of our state funds by the Labour Party twice elected governor who defected to PDP against Ondo State electoral voters wish.
    Why don,t you boldly list out governor Olusegun Mimiko,s achievements in the power-sector,roads-rehabilitation/construction/housing sectors,as Eyinke St[A] in the heart of Akure close to Arakale Road and Deji,s palace is abandoned in a deplorable condition.Koseunti/Adinlewa st/Irekari roads were abandoned by governor Olusegun Mimiko thieving regime.
    Governor Olusegun Mimiko,s regime focuses our state/LGC allocations/IGR funds on maintaining his thugs that live with him in the government villa at Alagbaka quarters.Also governor Olusegun Mimiko was squandering our state looted funds which had been converted to USA dollars to sponsor PDP governor Seriake Dickson,s re-election in Bayelsa State while Ondo State people go to beds at night in hunger and hopelessness.

  • Alpha

    Thank you, PT for a good work. It would be the irony of the century if Mimiko is allowed to go scottfree after his term runs out. His style is novel in Ondo State and the surprise is there are no questions from any neutral people, except some whimps from the estranged wing of PDP that recently claimed realignment with APC, reducing their complaint to political innuendo.

    I especially wonder why the people of Ilaje and Eseodo people are mute over the discontinuation of ongoing development projects being executed by OSOPADEC before Mimikos era. What of the stifling of OSUSTECH? What of the O’pupa Irele road that was nearing completion before Mimiko came?

    Those comparing Ondo State to Osun or other SW States should be reminded that our state is an oil producing state, with allocation comparable with those of Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom States.

  • Olawale

    4k APC they influence this write up. This is a lie my people. APC lies to pele and Paint a ruling party as sit and when d APC finally get what they want they do nd ondo. APC is a scam. 4k APC

  • Olawale

    4k APC they influence this write up. This is a lie my people. APC lies to people and Paint a ruling party as shit and when d APC finally get what they want they do nd undo. APC is a scam. 4k APC

  • Godwin

    @ayobamiba it is like u are confused and we can understand ur confusion from ur comments. Note u do not need to generalized when u are making in forum like bcos Nigerian eyes has opened. Look at d subject matter and go through ur comments. You are not duty bound to convinced the Ondo citizens on what is right and wrong on d way u see APC. U cannot quickly judge somebody who has four yrs just under eight yrs in Office compared with Ondo state governor what spent good 8 year in office.My fear for is that by d time Ondo people decided this year on d new governor then ur ranting will be more.

  • Godwin

    @Olawale with d Dasukigate figures coming out which party is a scam please. Pa False accepted taken 100million, Ladojo confirmed same, Chief Anenih confirmed also, even your Metuh accepted he took 400million. Haba are u all dummies? Has Ondo state government denied this allegations? Olawale pls wise up and stop been deceive.

  • Godwin

    @Olawale and ayobamiba please both of u should research very well before making comments bcos ur comparison of Ondo with Oshun and any other SW state is totally wrong and out of point. Ondo state is one of d oil producing state and I am happy Ondo State is not like Ekiti state bcos already they had taken u up on ur wrong references.