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Lagos State Government under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu approved N24.5m for the renovation of the official residence of the Commissioner of Police in the state.
The approval for the project executed by Omay Engineering Services Ltd was dated February 6, which was a few days before the February 25 general election.
The main opposition parties in the state accused security agencies of colluding with non-state actors to intimidate their supporters and suppress votes in some areas of the state.
This was seen in the Public Procurement awards by the state government in 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2023.
Aside the money spent on renovation, the state Ministry of Justice paid N200m to four Senior lawyers to represent Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in pre-election matters.
The state also released N20.8m for the decoration of the venue for political delegates’ congress.
However, the money was approved on June 26, more than three months after the 2023 general elections.
N6.1m was approved in July for the provision of furniture items at the Campaign office, GRA, Ikeja. Political commentators said it is wrong for taxpayers’ money to be used to fund political activities.
The government also approved N152 million for the restoration of water supply at Iduganran palace, the official residence of the Oba of Lagos.
These revelations come at a time when Nigerians are struggling to cope with harsh economic conditions.
Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat, have come under criticism over the controversial approval amid the nationwide hardship.
In addition, Sanwo-Olu approved N44.8m for the clearing of vegetables within the Epe Mixed Development Scheme.
According to records from the state’s Public Procurement Agency (PPA), the project was awarded in May to M/S Obak Nigeria Enterprises by the Lagos State New Towns Development Authority.
Another approval by Sanwo-Olu is N7.5 million to replace liquid fragrance in his office.
Further checks revealed that some questionable spending was approved by the state government. According to the document, N73.1m was approved for the production of the official portraits of President Bola Tinubu and the state governor, Sanwo-Olu. The project which was executed by the office of the Chief of Staff was awarded to Flolizvi Connect.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, was sworn-in as President on May 29. Sanwo-Olu also started his second term tenure on the same date.
N80.8m Tokunbo vehicles; 400m on Charter plane
The office of the Chief of Staff also got approval of N80.8m on June 19 for the procurement of ten units of foreign used vehicles. The same office got approval of N440.75m for the purchase of a brand new Lexus LX 600 Bulletproof Sport Utility Vehicle.
The office also got N18.5 million for the supply and distribution of 2,000 Noiler chicken across the local government areas and wards in the state.
400m was approved for flying hour expenses on an ad-hoc charter plane.
N152 for Akiolu’s water, N581m for church renovation
The government also approved N152m for the restoration of water supply at Iduganran palace, the official residence of the Oba of Lagos.
Records also showed that the state approved N581m to renovate Saint Andrews Anglican Church in Oke-Popo area of the state.