In a recent turn of events, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is facing widespread criticism for approving a staggering N3.75 billion in expenditures, including N7.5 million for the replacement of liquid fragrance in his office and N3 billion for the purchase of rechargeable fans for the office of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
The approval of these funds has sparked outrage among Nigerians, especially as details of other contracts awarded by Lagos state’s Public Procurement Agency (PPA) in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2023 have come to light. Among them is the approval of over N440 million for the purchase of a new Lexus LX 600 Bulletproof Sport Utility Vehicle for use in the pool of the Office of Chief of Staff.
The Chief of Staff’s office also received N18.5 million for the supply and distribution of 2,000 Noiler chickens across local government areas and wards in the state. This revelation has left many questioning the rationale behind government officials being involved in the distribution of poultry.
Furthermore, the document revealed that N152 million was approved for the restoration of water supply at the Iduganran palace, the official residence of the Oba of Lagos. Additionally, N581 million is set aside for the renovation of Saint Andrews Anglican Church in the Oke-Popo area of the state.
Criticism of these expenditures has not been limited to the public alone. Funsho Doherty, the 2023 governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC) in Lagos, expressed his concerns by writing an open letter to Governor Sanwo-Olu, urging a review of some of the projects. He emphasized the importance of judicious use of public funds, especially in the current economic climate.
Social media has also been buzzing with netizens questioning the government’s priorities, labeling officials as wasteful and insensitive to the plight of common Nigerians. Many drew attention to the irony that such hefty contracts are being approved while the minimum wage in Lagos State remains at N30,000.
As the controversy unfolds, concerns about mismanagement and the alleged plundering of government resources are surfacing. Nigerians are keenly awaiting the response from the state government regarding these expenditures and the justification behind them.
Source: Vanguard News
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