Many Nigerianson social media have called out the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying that some of his spending were insensitive over a document shared online which revealed his administration procurement record.
Funsho Doherty, governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2023 poll in an open letter analysed the register of public procurement awards by the Lagos government for the second and third quarters of 2023 and listed some projects awarded by the state government that require greater scrutiny.
The open letter has continued to generate comments and reactions among Lagosians and Nigerians at large on social media since it was made public by Doherty.
Recall that the Lagos state government approved N581m to renovate Saint Andrews Anglican Church in the Oke-Popo area of the state.
The Lagos state government also approved N73.1m to produce the official portraits of President Bola Tinubu and the state governor, Sanwo-Olu.
Another sum of N440,750,000 was awarded to the office of the chief of staff for the procurement of a brand new Lexus LX 600 Bulletproof Sport Utility Vehicle for use in the Pool of Office of Chief.
Similarly, a sum of N44.8m was approved for the clearing of vegetables within the Epe Mixed Development Scheme.
It was gathered that the project was awarded in May to M/S Obak Nigeria Enterprises by the Lagos State New Towns Development Authority.
However, many Nigerians who reacted expressed dismay with the procurement record and criticised the administration’s spending, noting that some were unjustifiable in the present economic reality in the country.
Reacting to the procurement document, Olusegun Onigbinde, director of BudgIT, said the revelation shows that Nigerian leaders were not in turn with reality.
“Nigerian leaders live in alternate universe. Damn!!! N30m monthly empowerment programme for wife of Deputy Governor. Taxpayers dey work, politicians and friends dey chop,” Onigbinde said.
Similarly, activist Rinu Oduala, said the revelation by Doherty tells why some people would not allow free and fair polls in Lagos State.
“It’s evident why some would rather die than conduct free and fair elections,” Rinu said.
Michael Onu said some people would never want free and fair election just to maintain their hegemony and control of the structure.
“A part of this country depends on fraudulent census and fraudulent elections to maintain its hegemony. They will never allow free and fair elections.This is a deep thing young people don’t understand.
“Those who want free elections must fight to get it, I mean FIGHT!”
Another X user, Concerned Nigerians, said revelation was an indication that APC was just banking on the fact that Nigerians are lazy.
According to him, “Thank You Sir for taking your time out to do this, 7m for air fresheners. 2b for rechargeable fans and fridge for one office. 500m to renovate church.
“Among other things pointed out APC are just banking on the fact that Nigerians are too lazy to read.”
Another user by the name, Kelvin, said impunity had encouraged corruption and siphoning of public resources in Nigeria.
“Nobody will manage his private business this way, why things like this will persist is because people don’t go to jail for mismanagement and plundering of Government resources,” Kelvin said.
Lukman Yusuf Adamu said: “Every madman in Nigeria has his own style of showcasing it.”
Shafiu Yusuf said: “Vegetables or weeds, I don’t understand ooh.: Moses Healer
Agbo Adikwu said: “What a country.”
@iam_wilsons said, “This is ridiculous. Nigerian politicians are eternally wicked.”
@DJDaley wrote, “And to think that minimum wage in Lagos State is N30,000 only.
@olufemi It very obvious that the Lagos State Governor does not mean well for Lagosians. What exactly are you renovating in a church with that huge some of amount.
@dekola I am really shocked with this records and the amount budget for such renovation.
@ify This is pure corruption of the highest order by the Lagos State Govt. It still beat my imagination on why the govt will spend such huge amount of money to renovate a church.
@dejavu Lagosians are suffering but our governor can approve tax payers money to refurbish a church. Come to think of it, are they building a new church?
@aliu We have come to a level where our govt can squander our money on things that requires less amount.
@Samad Sanwo-Olu has shown that he is still serving Tinubu. Again, spending such amount of money to renovate a church is pure exploitation from those Lagosians that pays their tax.
“I Am Getting Better And I Feel Better” Jayboogie Gives Update On Health Post BBL surgery
Popular Nigerian personality Jayboogie has recently addressed the serious accusations of scamming Nigerians.
These allegations centered around Jayboogie’s health issues and the supposed need for a kidney transplant following complications from a BBL surgery.
In a candid statement on social media, Jayboogie set the record straight. He explained that he never claimed he needed a kidney transplant. The rumors, he says, were not started by him. His real ordeal began with an injury to his kidney, which was a consequence of the BVL surgery. To lend credence to his story, he shared images of himself both in the surgical room and during his painful recovery.
Jayboogie recounted the harrowing experience of not being able to urinate for 12 hours post-surgery, which led to panic and an urgent referral to Lagoon Hospital on October 31, 2023. Despite undergoing a plasma exchange in an attempt to resolve the issue, his condition did not improve.
The situation was further aggravated by intense media scrutiny, prompting Zenith Hospital, where he was admitted, to discharge him and advise dialysis from home. Jayboogie highlighted the mental toll the controversy and public backlash took on him, including receiving death threats. This led him to take a break from social media and limit communication for his mental health, supported by his family’s decision to ensure his privacy.
In his statement, Jayboogie categorically denied allegations of scamming the public. He affirmed that he did suffer from sepsis and acute kidney injury, which necessitated a period of dialysis. However, he joyfully shared that as of November 28, he was discharged and is currently recuperating. He is still under medication but is optimistic about his recovery.
Jayboogie concluded his statement by expressing his sincere gratitude to everyone who supported him financially and emotionally during this difficult time. His response to these allegations sheds light on the complexities faced by public figures when their personal struggles become intertwined with public perception and misinformation.
‘Waste Of Resources Amid Hardship’, Peter Obi Faults Number Of Nigerian Delegates At COP28
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Sunday, faulted the number of Nigeria’s delegation at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
President Bola Tinubu had on November 29, 2023 departed Abuja for Dubai for the summit expected to end December 12, 2023.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the ex-governor of Anambra State, described sending over 1,000 persons to the summit as a waste of scarce resources by the Tinubu administration.
Obi lamented the “huge contingent” in Dubai at public expense at a time when most Nigerians can hardly afford food and basic needs.
“Nigeria’s contingent to COP28 totaled 1411, the same number as the Chinese contingents. While China’s budget for 2024 is about $4 trillion, about $2,860 per head; Nigeria’s budget is about $33 billion, about $165 per head,” Obi said.
“Nigeria has more people living in ‘Multi-Dimensional’ poverty than China, despite China having seven times our population.”
Obi said majority of those in the Nigerian delegation to COP28 are either non-relevant civil servants or relations of high government officials.
“This huge contingent is out at public expense at a time when most Nigerians can hardly afford food and basic needs as a result of economic hardship.
“As we have kept emphasizing, we must stop waste as a a tradition of our government and nation. We urgently need to cut the cost of governance and invest in production.
“We need to de-emphasize unnecessary ceremony and showmanship as a mode of government behaviour. We need to tie spending to necessity and national Priority. A New Nigeria is possible. We only need to do the reasonable and the necessary.”
Meanwhile, a presidential aide, Temitope Ajayi, in a comment on Sunday, defended the delegation of the President to the summit, saying that “President Tinubu and other officials on the Federal government delegation are in Dubai for serious business not jamboree”.
COP28 Delegates: Analyst Doubts FG’s ‘Compassion’ For Suffering Masses
A Professor of Political Science, Jideofor Adibe, has knocked the Federal Government over its “bloated” number of delegates at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Adibe, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said, with about 1,000 delegates sponsored by the government to the two-week summit, the compassion of the President Bola Tinubu administration to the hardship faced by Nigerians was doubtful.
The President had on November 29, 2023 departed Abuja for Dubai for the summit expected to end on December 12, 2023.
Controversy has since surrounded the number of Nigerian delegates at the summit which ranked that of China, with many Nigerians on social media berating the government for being “insensitive” to their economic sufferings occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy mid-2023.
Adibe lamented that with the harsh economy, the Tinubu administration should lead by example and cut cost of governance.
He said, “Amid the binge on loans and borrowings, and the increasing hardship and increasing emigration of Nigerians, these things happening, is not just that it raises the question about fidelity to cutting down the cost of governance, but also the question of whether there is even compassion for suffering Nigerians because if there is compassion for what is going on in the country at the moment, people (government officials) should also be sensitive to the optics about the whole thing.”
The analyst said not just costs of flights of the officials in Dubai were funded by the government but their “Estacodes of about $900” daily and hotel costs for about two weeks of the summit.
The professor said the size of the President’s delegation should be on specific roles and it should not be more than three ministers.
He urged the President to set the tone that his administration abhors waste by sanctioning officials responsible for the large delegation in Dubai.
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