Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has admitted that there may be errors in some of the records released by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA). He made this statement on Tuesday while commissioning the newly built operational headquarters of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) in Ikeja, the state capital.
In recent days s, the Sanwo-Olu administration has faced criticism over its spending, with Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat denying online reports that his office spent over N2 billion on rechargeable fans, lights, and refrigerators.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, the governor said that the controversy was unnecessary and that the state had nothing to hide in its public spending.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Over the weekend, we saw on social media how some people can politically turn around all of our attempts to be responsible, transparent, and committed to good governance. We don’t have a problem with any individual. We, indeed, acknowledged that this is the way it should be. We appreciate the fact that people can look at us in the face and say you need to do well in this area.
“We don’t have a problem with the originator of the open letter; in short, we like him and we thank him. Indeed, if we are seen as a government that is transparent and responsible, we should not be shy of criticism. But, it is only when criticism is malicious and is misrepresenting the truth, that is when there will be a problem.
“Officers in Lagos State have come out to show that there could be mistakes on some lines of items. There was a particular issue where an item was meant to be N2 million but was written as N2 billion. There are many discrepancies that have been corrected by PPA. We are not going to join issues with anyone on social media. All we are committed to is continuous service to the people of Lagos.”
Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos had maintained open books for checks and balances and that the state had judiciously appropriated funds for projects and services that benefited the residents.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu has cleared the air on the issue of Government expenditure, which has generated public debate after an open letter was written to him by an opposition politician, who relied on intelligence gathered from the website of the Public… pic.twitter.com/WCsQSyapdN— Gboyega Akosile (@gboyegaakosile) November 21, 2023