It is a wedding that could compete among few others as the wedding of the year.
The wedding ceremony between the daughter of the Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the son of the Special Assistant to the President on diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Saturday 8th of July, 2017.
The occasion was attended by the high and mighty of the society from the presidency to the National Assembly, Royal fathers and top business moguls from all over the continent of Africa.
The event was without doubt a very high profile event with the governor’s high taste for goods and services highly visible to everyone. This actually shocked many guests because of the level of hardship being experienced in the state.
Many are experiencing lack of payment of salary or massive deductions for over 15 months. There is also the issue of non payment of gratuities and pension for state and local government workers for over 60 months, with several unfinished projects all over the state.
From various sources at the event, many who are civil servants in Ogun State, government officials and a few political appointees, it was revealed that event had exotic wines and Champagne brands such as veuve clicquot rose, dom perignon, ace of spades and many others in excess for the over 3000 guests. That gulped in excess of N200,000,000.
In the very words of a guest at the event “Champagne was like water. It was such irresponsible display of wealth”
The interesting part was the high quality fabric gift which was given to VIPs and VVIPs. Each fabric cost N120,000 and was given to 1,200 guests. That allegedly gulped a total of N144,000,000
The tent that housed the event was for 5,000 occupants and the tent consists of 5 units. Each unit cost N5,000,000 per day. That is N25,000,000 per day. Interestingly, the tent has installed 13 days before the event and event held for two days making 15 days. That’s N25m multiplied by 15 days which gives us N375,000,000.
Accommodation was another aspect that gulped serious funds and the governor was not ready in any way to compromise on the quality of accomodation for his guests. All major hotels within Abeokuta in excess of 500 rooms were fully booked and paid for by the state government. One of such is Park Inn by Radisson whose cheapest room goes for N50,000 per night and all available rooms were booked and paid for including the presidential suite. All those gulped in excess of N50m.
The Gateway Annex was renovated and upgraded few weeks back at a total cost of N1.5bn for the purpose of this event.
An amount exceeding N250,000,000 was expended on souvenir which were imported from Italy and London.
Civil servants whom the governor owe over N30bn in salary deductions for over 15 months are not happy with the extravagant and lavish spending for the wedding. The people whose road projects have been abandoned or work ongoing at snail speed or generally haven’t felt the government’s care in any way are not happy billions are being wasted on wedding which could have been a low-key event when they were being left to suffer the hardship of abandoned road projects and other austerity measures.
The people are worried that the governor has continued with his two multi billion naira personal project at the expense of people’s welfare. One of the project which is the N7bn private residence of the governor which was rushed to completion in tome for his daughter’s wedding while his N8bn private office complex is taking shape daily without work being delayed.
The good people can only pray that the governor would have them in mind and take pity on them as they suffer in silence.
God bless the union between the governor’s daughter and Abike Dabiri’s son.
As submitted by our agent in Abeokuta