One of the last construction projects of the outgoing government in Plateau State was the new Government House in Rayfield, Jos.
In fact, finishing touches are still being put on the magnificent edifice constructed at a princely sum of N15b.
Following the criticisms which have followed the construction of the property at a time when civil servants in the state are being owed several months in salaries, the incoming governor Simeon Lalong was asked by Daily Trust about what he planned to do with it.
In the build up to the election, Lalong consistently insisted that he would not reside in the new Government House which he saw as a waste.
But in his interview this week, he gave a more diplomatic answer that was neither here nor there.
Read it below:
The new government house is the property of Plateau State and it is also the property of Plateau people.
Secondly, the house is not completed so how do I start rushing to a place that has not been completed.
Another thing is that the amount used in building that government house is very ridiculous and so we put it as a matter for consideration. I cannot go into that house until those issues are settled by Plateau people.
Thirdly, the priority of the incoming government is how to settle the plight of the civil servants. Civil servants were wallowing in lack of payment of salaries and then all of a sudden I was told that an amount of close to N15billion was used to construct a new government house, we are not coming for luxury, we are coming to serve the people so first of all when you are serving you must be ready to make sacrifice not luxury of a new government house. It is not a priority to me, we will stay anywhere, and we will review the contract and make recommendations as to whether we will occupy the new government house or not.
But I want to assure you that it will not be a waste, even if we don’t occupy it we will put it to use.