In the face of dwindling economic fortunes and paltry allocation from the Federal Government, an outrageous amount of N1billion (one Billion Naira Only) has been budgeted for the Uyo Senatorial District reception in honour of Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
TheMail exclusively gathered that in a bid to give the governor the “best reception”, the outrageous amount is to be expended on the grand reception.
A meeting of top Uyo Senatorial District politicians was convened at the instance of the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon and deliberations were made on how to execute what they called “mother of all receptions for His Excellency”.
The meeting which took place some days ago was held at the palatial residence of Mr. Akan Okon and had in attendance serving Commissioners, Special Advisers, Special Assistants, Caretaker Chairmen of Councils, and other political bigwigs from Uyo Senatorial District.
TheMail learnt that an initial budget of N600m (six hundred million Naira only) was put forward, but after deliberations and inputs from attendees the amount of money which the event is expected to gulp was kept at a billion Naira.
We learnt that the outrageous budget is aimed at achieving
a magnificent event that will wow the governor and surpass earlier receptions held for the governor by Eket and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts.
Deliberations were made on several areas including security, transportation, venue, etc. On the choice of venue, attendees suggested Ibom Hall and Uyo Township Stadium, but majority went for the latter in order to make the arena jampacked to give an impression that there was a large turnout which beat the ones of Eket and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts.
Attendees were asked to write down their names in sub-committees they feel they will function very well in order to make the event a success.
TheMail learnt that a gold gift will presented to the governor and the gift is said to be worth over N100million.
While contributions will be made by some of the top politicians from Uyo Senatorial District for the planning, execution and success of the event, TheMail learnt that a large chunk of the budget will be funded from government coffers through the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon.