By Oladipupo Mojeed
The government of Edo State has reacted strongly to claims that it lavished the state’s money on the recently concluded 10km Okpekpe Race.
According to a statement from the Chief Press Secretary to Edo State Governor, John Mayaki, the funds invested into the race were carefully analyzed to determine the cost and yields ratio.
Mayaki, who described the allegations of wasteful spending as nonsense, noted that the governor’s experience as an economist, as well as his commitment to plugging up waste channels in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, should have proved his frugality.
“Governor Godwin is not operating a government that spends money wastefully and thoughtlessly.
“The government was only one of several sponsors. I believe those accusing us lack imagination and ideas.
“To them, we are also wasting money on Bendel Insurance and Channels Kids Cup.
“They want to keep us back and not explore the benefits of hosting the only internationally certified long distance race in West and East Africa,” he said.
He also added that the government was very clear on its policies to develop the youths and sports sector in the state as well as the tourism sector with workshops boasting of a high attendance of stakeholders having held in that regard.