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General News of Friday, 4 June 2021


Why I didn't stay in Governor's lodge built by Mimiko - Akeredolu

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor has stated that he refused to stay in the multi-billionaire naira governor’s lodge built by former Governor Olusegun Mimiko because it had a structural defect.

He made the statement in Akure at the groundbreaking of the building of a new Governor’s lodge.

According to him, Mimiko did not fix the defect before leaving office, adding that, a lodge built by the colonial officers and used by late Dr Olusegun Agagu was termites infected.

“This state deserves a Governor lodge to be a pride to all of us. When Mimiko was handing over, he mentioned the defects and promised to fix them but he didn’t.

“I called my engineer to look at it and I was told to either bring down the building or part of it. Then we all knew we are going to need a new Governor lodge.

“What we had was a modest three-room duplex built by the colonial officers. It was termites infested. It was not suited for anybody to live. My consultant said I should not attempt to remodel it.

“Those who want to build for us today are qualified building experts. We are building a government lodge of a status befitting of the Governor of Ondo State,” he said.

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