The office of the Vice President has made clarifications in erroneous publications credited to the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo on release of fund for construction of the second Niger Bridge.
The clarification came following media reports that Osibanjo said $2 billion dollars for the project instead of N2 billion.
According to Mr. Akande, during the APC governorship campaign in Onitsha, Anambra State, on October 20, Mr. Osinbajo had reiterated the Buhari administration’s commitment to keeping its promises to the Nigerian people.
He said that one of those promises was the construction of the second Niger Bridge, adding that the correct amount released was in the official news release he sent on the vice president’s remarks during the campaign rally same day.
“I did quote the VP as saying that “the Sovereign Wealth Fund paid N2 billion for that same project (Sum paid to the contractor: Julius Berger for early works).
“We will definitely see our second Niger Bridge, we will not make promises we cannot keep,” Mr. Akande recalled.
He, however, observed that a short video clip from the event captured on the news segment of a television channel quoted Mr. Osinbajo as mentioning “$2 billion” and not “N2 billion ”, which was what he had actually meant to say.
“Mentioning the dollar currency was inadvertent. “As it happened, the excerpt from the video, which was shared online, was what was quoted in the headlines of some media houses, and in comments on social media.
“The figures were misplaced. Kindly set the records straight, from the speech I had sent” Laolu said