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‘It cost 800K’ – Desmond Elliot reacts to controversial ‘Pako’ Bridge in Surulere

The popular Nigerian actor and politician, Desmond Elliot, has revealed the financial worth of the wooden bridge ‘pako bridge’ he constructed for the residents of his constituency.

He made this revelation while granting a television interview and answering questions about the controversial wooden bridge with his picture attached to it.

The Informant247 recalls that the veteran actor was heavily criticised on social media for the wooden bridge which was considered by many as a low standard.

Elliot also commissioned toilet in the Surulere community.

He explained that he went around the area to sympathize with a mother who lost her 13 year old daughter in a canal.

He further revealed that while they were on their way to retrieve the dead body of the girl in Shitta, he noticed that the bridge which crossed over the canal was very weak and the people of the area admonished that he should renovate it.

He said he sent N800,000 to the community for the construction of the bridge and they later gave him feedback that they wanted to place his picture on the bridge as a show of appreciation.

He said the bridge is currently not in good condition and he has advised the government to do something about it.

Elliot is a two term lawmaker, recontesting for a third term in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the much anticipated governorship elections by one week, till Saturday March 18, 2023.

The governorship and House of Assembly elections were initially programmed to hold on Saturday March 11, 2023.

The inability of the commission to kick-start the re-configuration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines necessitated the postponement of the elections.

The electoral commission identified the need to reconfigure the BVAS machines which were used for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, said: “For instance, the BVAS can only be activated on the specific date and time of an election.

“Having been used for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 25th February 2023, it is necessary to reconfigure the BVAS for activation on the date of the governorship and State Assembly elections.”

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