Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has finally opened up on why he does not live in the State’s multi-billionaire naira governor’s lodge built by his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
Akeredolu said the lodge has a structural defect, adding that the former governor did not fix the defect before leaving office.
The Governor spoke at the groundbreaking of the building of a new Governor’s lodge in Akure, the state capital on Friday.
Akeredulu went on to say that the former governor’s lodge built by colonial officers and used by late Dr. Olusegun Agagu was also termite infected.
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“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,” he said.
“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.
“The structure sits on approximately 2,000 square meters of land and measures about 18 meters from the ground floor to the tip of the iconic roof.
“The facilities will house a Banquet Hall to sit about 250 guests, Basement Parking, Indoor and Outdoor Kitchen, Swimming Pool, Sitting Lounge, Atrium Sitting Room, Bedrooms and other functional spaces.”
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