Why I don’t use new bullet-proof vehicle – Governor Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]
Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

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

He said his administration was cutting down on the cost of governance in alignment with economic realities in Nigeria.

“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,” Mr. Obaseki said when the state branch of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, visited him at the Edo State Government House, Benin City.

Mr. Obaseki said he was using the official vehicle left behind by his predecessor.

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

He also denied that the state government owed 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.”

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.


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  • GusO

    Fantastic Governor! I have watched the Governor’s actions since he was elected and I am pleased with what I have seen so far. If the Governor’s interest in milking the state finances solely for development purposes bears out, Edo State will in no time come to rival Lagos. More grease to your elbows!

    • okpada

      Good one

      • Jon

        He should hasten to buy one because Nigeria is a very dangerous country. You are now a soft target by revealing to the world that you do not use bullet-proof car. Please, now that you have exposed yourself, go and buy one asap.

        • Charles

          He should also be wearing bullet proof shirts, cap and shoe, because he will not stay in the bullet proof car for ever. What i am saying is that bullet proof car or not, God bullet proof, is the best, God will protect him from evil men AMEN.

          • Suleiman Alatise

            Amen, i like your post. Kudos.

  • Dan_Arewa

    I like these Man. He is not an extravagant governor. You are a role model to the rest of the governors.

  • tunde008

    Wow, engaged a woman mechanic company to work on government vehicles left behind by Oshiomhole.I hope NASS and other state governors are listening?You will surely succeed.

  • paul irumundomon

    You can’t borrow like your god father did to our state, our children’s children will continue to pay for loans oshomole took and apc and their leadership, sees nothing wrong, when apc members steal or loot. Animal nation