The state liaison buildings in Lagos were done by the respective state governments to ensure free flow of correspondence and communication between the respective state capitals and the liaison offices in Lagos, being the hub of commercial activities in the country and the nation’s former federal capital. Once a capital city, Lagos is populated by people from all over the federation.The liaison buildings/offices were also meant to take care of the interests of the indigenes of the respective states who live in Lagos and its environs.
However, the Benue State government still occupies a small room apartment with about three staff to get correspondence to the state government in the Benue House.One of the staff who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity because the staff were not authorised to talk to the press disclosed that the staff were annoyed with the state government for owing them salaries “for many months now”.“The state government is also marginalising those of us in the liaison office in Lagos by depriving us of certain welfare packages,” the staff added.Our correspondents’ investigations revealed that some of the state liaison buildings have had part of their apartments converted for business activities such as hotel and office spaces for rent seekers to occupy.Some state governments such as Benue, our correspondents learnt, have even made attempts to sell off the state liaison buildings outright, through property management companies.Problem predates present Benue govtWhen contacted, the Benue State government said that the problem associated with its liaison office in Lagos predates the current administration of Governor Gabriel Suswam.Director of Media and Public Affairs James Uloko said that the property was leased out to one Moses Ayom to manage long before Suswam became governor.He denied plans by government to sell the property but rather admitted that it is making effort to renovate the building as soon as that of Abuja which is ongoing reaches completion.
Kebbi govt dodges Kebbi State government dodged questions on the state of its liaison house in Lagos. Permanent Secretary Special Duties Alhaji Musa Muhammad Kamba referred our correspondent to the Permanent Secretary Protocol Sani Abdullahi who in turn said the office is not under him. He referred our correspondent to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Garba Rabiu.Several attempts to see the SSG to react to the issue proved abortive. He was said not to be in office each time our correspondent visited. He did not also respond to several calls and text message sent to his phone number.
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