There was outrage on social media on Thursday as photos emerged of a state-of-the-art building said to belong to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.
TheCable reports that the state governor completed and commissioned the mansion, which is located along Mahmoud Atta street, GRA in Okene.
It was gathered that the house warming attracted dignitaries including Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, while an insider was quoted to have described the mansion as “a thing of beauty.”
The house commissioning comes at a time in the state when workers are groaning following many months of unpaid salary and other allowances.
In October, 360nobs had reported that a director with the state civil service committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree for reportedly not being able to meet his family’s financial needs.
This news outlet on October 21, 2017 quoted NAN as saying that the deceased, Edward Soje, took his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja – with the couple reported to have been childless before then.
The Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, who hails from Ogori town in Ogori -Magongo Local Government area of the state, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.
Although, Bello had recently promised to pay all the salary and pension arrears of serving and retired civil servants in the state before the end of the year, tracing the genesis of the delay in the payment to the huge debts which he claimed that his administration inherited from the immediate past administration, but some Nigerians seem unhappy following the house commissioning.
See tweets below:
Gentlemen, for the award of the most useless Governor in 2017, I have a ready candidate.
No, not Rochas Okorocha.
Gov. Yahaya Bello wins it.
The pictures attached show him COMMISSIONING his PRIVATE RESIDENCE yesterday in GRA, Okene.
Some Kogi workers are owed up to 22 months o!! pic.twitter.com/IwPia6e5mK
— A. A. Badmos ® (@MrBadmos_) 7 December 2017
Yahaya Bello has not constructed anything anywhere in Kogi State but spent the last 1year building a mansion in his Okene hometown. pic.twitter.com/ppPiTSvkji
— Adeyanju Deji ?? (@adeyanjudeji) 7 December 2017
On behalf of all Imolites we happily offer to exchange Rochas Okorocha with Yahaya Bello. Please Kogi people, help us to deliver this Xmas present from the Eastern heartland with love to y’all. @ogbughalumc will be the postmaster ?
— Gibson (@I_am_Gibson) 7 December 2017
Younger generation looter, Governor Yahaya Bello’s Billions of Naira House.
He is owing workers, 11 months unpaid salaries.
Where is the bailout funds? pic.twitter.com/FmVztGKLtZ
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) 7 December 2017
As much as I would love too say no,my fellow kogi broda is ryt… yahaya Bello is 1 hell of a useless creature… even d Ebiras won’t 4give him https://t.co/ROFFuvfZyk
— your yòrúbà demon? (@cardiak_Arrest) 8 December 2017
While #PMBinKano is commissioning a hospital and freeing inmates, Gov Yahaya Bello is commissioning his own constituency family project. Is like Falake has cursed this man o
— Y.B.Gauje (@YBGauje) 8 December 2017
Yahaya Bello is obviously power-drunk. He certainly NEVER knew nor expected he would ever be a Governor in his lifetime
— Tomide (@MrTomide) 7 December 2017
It was pain & shame for some kogites yesterdayt as Gov. Yahaya Bello moved to his multi billion naira manssion erected opposite govt. house in Okene yesterday
— Amoto Ökè Önoruoiza (@EbiraNews) 7 December 2017
People are committing suicide in Kogi State because of poverty, Governor Yahaya Bello is launching mansion; what an unfortunate creature.
— Ndi Kato (@YarKafanchan) 7 December 2017
Kogi’s Yahaya Bello is the youngest Governor in Nigeria but his ideas are as old as my Grandparents.
Kogi people should be ashamed.
— Bankole Akintunde Adebayo (@AdeBanqie) 7 December 2017
I’m from Kogi State. Age doesn’t mean nada to me any more. Yahaya Bello, our current governor, is our youngest governor since 1999. He is also the most useless.
— Igala_Alan_Shore (@i_am_Anomeli) 7 December 2017
Y’all seen the house Yahaya Bello built in Okene? These Nigerian politicians are bugging. Honestly!
— Safrat A Atoba (@ab_atoba) 7 December 2017
Photo credit; TheCable