BreakingNews 2/10/16: Plateau State Governor Returns From 13th Foreign Trips in 17 Months

[ Masterweb Reports: Hir Joseph reports ] - Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, Saturday returned from a week-long trip to South Africa where his media aides said he met with businessmen to attract investment to the state. Efforts to get details were unsuccessful as the phone lines of the two media aides the governor traveled with were not available at press time, but Government House sources said the governor returned to Abuja on Saturday.
 
Statements sent by the media team from South Africa noted that the governor and his entourage met with various businessmen, in a bid to market Plateau.
 
The governor traveled with four commissioners, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Rufus Bature, over a half dozen other political appointees and a member of the state legislature, Daily Trust inquiries showed.
 
The South African trip is the 13th foreign trip since his assumption of office a year ago, the last three in times of biting economic recession. He traveled there from America, where he had traveled to, penultimate week.
 
Only three weeks ago, Damishi Sango, the state PDP chairman accused Lalong of draining the state purse of N3.300 billion as estacodes for 11 foreign trips. That was before the governor embarked on the last two trips. A week later, Lalong embarked on a trip to New York in America, from where he jetted to South Africa.
 
“Each of the trips have cost Plateau about N300 million, from our investigations. Calculate that by 11 trips; we are talking about a whooping sum of N3.300 billion spent on traveling around the world in desperate search for what investors, with no impact. What does he want to accumulate this wealth for? We are not feeling the impact of these trips; there is nothing to show for these trips,” Sango had said.
 
Lalong’s media aide, Emmanuel Nanle denied that the governor is corrupt, and challenged the PDP to come up with records showing that the sum of N3.300 billion has been expended on foreign trips.
 
Nanle said the 11 trips were investor—friendly and have attracted investment from the Netherlands, the USA, and China. He did not give the cost of the trips, however.
 
*Photo Caption - Simon Lalong, Plateau State governor
 
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