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Yoruba’s And Respect: Governor Ambode’s Wife Kneels To Greet President Buhari In Lagos {See)

Mixed reactions and criticisms have trailed a photo of Lagos state governor, Akinwumni Ambode’s wife, kneeling down to greet President Muhammadu Buhari.

The presidential special adviser n social media, Bashir Ahmad, has taken to his Twitter to post a photo of the first lady of Lagos state, Bolanle Ambode, kneeling down to greet President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the state last week.

Media reactions have trailed the photo as some online commenters commend the woman for her humility, who some other said that it’s just an ‘eye service’.

Here are some comments we culled from Twitter;

Moments ago, President Buhari was received by Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to perform the official hand-over of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Border Posts at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry.

Lagos—President Muhammadu Buhari and his Republic of Benin counterpart, Patrice Talon, will tomorrow perform the official hand-over of the new Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Border Posts at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry

The Lagos State Government said yesterday that all necessary arrangements to ensure a hitch-free unveiling ceremony had been firmed up, while Buhari would be accompanied to the venue by Governor Ambode.

According to the government, the President would be received at the airport by the governor, while the duo would thereafter proceed to the venue. “Already, all necessary security and logistics arrangements have been firmed up by the state government in partnership with relevant federal government agencies.
To this effect, the Lagos State Government is soliciting the usual support and cooperation of residents throughout the visit,” it said in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Habib Aruna.

President Buhari who arrived Lagos on Tuesday morning inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, before proceeding to the Seme Border.Buhari was received by the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode at the Presidential Wing of the Lagos Airport.
While in the state, he will perform the official flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, Ibeju Lekki, inspect ongoing construction works at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, and commission the Ikeja Bus Terminal.

The Lagos State Government declared a Public Holiday on Thursday the 29th of March for the State to welcome the President. This decision comes with an opportunity cost to Lagos State in terms of loss of economic value created and salaries paid for work not done.

Based on a widely circulated figure, the state claims it has an estimated GDP of $90 billion. This equates to $246 million or N8.8 billion per day in loss of economic activity. Let’s even assume 50% loss in value of economic activity in the state, it comes to N4.4 billion.

Figures from the 2018 draft budget place the expected budget for local trips for the President at N250 million. For security reasons, the exact details of the President’s entourage and vehicles are not disclosed.

Here is a rough estimate of how much we think the trip will cost. Some expenses will be borne by the Lagos State government being the host state.

Advance party N10 million

An advance party usually arrives before the President, to coordinate protocol and logistics. Assuming the advance party is made up of at least 200 officials, with each receiving an out of station allowance of 50,000 per night. That equates to N10 million.

The President’s official vehicles are usually moved by aircraft carrier ahead of his arrival. This is done using a C-130 aircraft carrier. The C-130 has a tank capacity of about 6000 gallons which equates to 30458 liters. Using an estimate of N220 per litre, fuelling the plane could cost N6.7 million for a one-way trip. For the regular Presidential aircraft, fuelling costs could hit N2 million.