Edo State – In a swift response to recent reports circulating in the media, the Edo State Government has firmly denied allegations of allocating the former office of State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, to the Alaghodaro Summit. The statement came from the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, who described the claims as baseless and driven by mischief.
Nehikhare issued the statement late Thursday night, vehemently rejecting the notion that the Alaghodaro Summit had been provided an office within the Government House. He stressed that such claims were entirely unfounded and aimed at sowing discord in the state.
Addressing the matter, Nehikhare clarified, “The rumor circulating that an office in Government House has been designated for Alaghodaro Summit is false and without merit. It is being propagated by individuals with malicious intent, intent on causing unrest in the state.”
He further emphasized that the Alaghodaro Summit is not affiliated with the government in the capacity of an agency or parastatal. Instead, it operates as a company limited by guarantee, with its primary mission being to attract private investment to the state.
“The Alaghodaro Summit is not an agency or a parastatal of the government, and therefore, there is no requirement for it to have an office in Government House. It functions solely as an organization dedicated to facilitating private investment in the state,” Nehikhare clarified.
In conclusion, Nehikhare urged the public and the press to disregard the unfounded rumors and urged all stakeholders to remain focused on the state’s development objectives. He suggested that these false claims were likely instigated by “undesirable elements” with ulterior motives.
The Edo State Government’s response seeks to put to rest any speculation regarding the allocation of office space within the Government House to the Alaghodaro Summit, reaffirming the organization’s independent status and its commitment to attracting private investments to the state.