Nigerian Government Said to Have Ordered Gold-Plated IPhones
Published on: 13th Sep 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Nigeria's government has been critisised after it placed an order for gold plated iPhones to mark the country's 53rd Independence anniversary next month.
The specially modified iPhones are said to be worth around £2.65 million and are being converted by a UK jewelry company, Gold and Co.
The company charges between £3,000 and £50,000 per customised handset depending on the type of gold used and if any jewels are required in the casing.
The 53 special phones are to be supplied by Amjad Ali, a Bristol-born owner of Gold and Co. now based in Dubai.
The iPhones will also be engraved with the coat of arms, a shield and two horses.
Nigeria's Academic Staff Union of Universities criticized the purchase, saying that "The Federal Government should first cater for its citizens roaming the streets, and rehabilitate its collapsed industries before spending so much for phones. Any government that engages in such a frivolity and extravagance is not serious and its people should reject it."
However, the government has since denied ever ordering 53 iPhones from the businessman or anybody in commemoration of the nation's independence.