Sokoto repaints agency vehicle after social media ridicule


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Sokoto State Government has corrected itself after a photo of spelling error on a state-owned vehicle went viral on the internet last week. 

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Sokoto State Poverty Reduction Agency, SPORA, was incorrectly emblazoned as “Sokoto State Property Eradication Agency” on one of the buses the state distributed to residents under an empowerment program years ago. 

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The emergence of the picture on the Internet earned the Tambuwal administration a wave of criticism last week. On Thursday, government spokesman, Imam Imam, uploaded a new photo of the bus.

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“Hey guys, PROPERTIES are welcome in Sokoto. But an agency is here to tackle POVERTY headlong,” Mr. Imam said. Imam later explained the reason behind the mistake

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He said a Sokoto resident who received the bus under the SPORA scheme sold the vehicle to someone in Jos even though he had not completed his loan repayment for the vehicle to the state.

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“The man he sold it to then repainted it and that was where the error in spelling came in from. We tracked them and retrieved the vehicle from them and repainted it with correct spelling of the government agency that gave it out,” Mr. Imam said.

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