Ngige describes N1bn Ekwueme’s burial expenditure misleading

Ngige describes N1bn Ekwueme’s burial expenditure misleading

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has described as misleading the controversy over his interview on the commitment of the Federal Government to the burial of the former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme.

Ngige said he did not attach any figure to what he termed “a deserving national tribute to one of Nigeria’s foremost statesman.”

In a statement by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the minister said he only gave a summary of the number of projects the Federal Government has taken to ensure that the late Ekwueme was given a decent burial.

“Perhaps the minister has pre-empted the rhetoric’s of cynics and detractors, who could have easily run to town to claim the Federal Government has abandoned Ekwueme in death.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, what he (Ngige) did as a member of the Burial Planning  Committee was to give the details of the road rehabilitation projects from the Awka end of the state and from Abia and Imo State axis, all leading to Ekwueme’s home town of Oko, as well as the   medical services, the  Mausoleum and others.  But at no time did the minister attach a figure of N1billion.”

Daily Trust