Top Opposition Figure Reacts as Sanwo-Olu Approves N3.75bn for Perfume, Rechargeable Fans

Ikeja, Lagos state – Adekunle Razaq Aderibigbe, a chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Lagos, has called for further scrutiny of the state government’s spendings.

Aderibigbe, in a chat with AmbaJay on Monday, November 20, posited that if there is any other time that the lines of budget items were meant to be scrutinised for efficiency, “it is this era of subsidy eradication”.

Funso Doherty tackled Sanwo-Olu on Lagos procurements; another opposition figure, Razaq Aderibigbe, commended him (Doherty). Photo credits: Aderibigbe AR, Babajide Sanwo-OluSource: Facebook

Aderibigbe queries Sanwo-Olu on controversial spendings

The NNPP chieftain gave credit to Funso Doherty, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for his open letter that was addressed to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, where the state government’s controversial procurement between April and September 2023 was brought to the public domain.

Aderibigbe said:

“The expense on fragrances, rechargeable lights, and fans, church renovations, as well as monthly empowerments that are not sustainable being managed by the Office of the wife of the deputy governor and others, do not have a direct impact on the Lagosians welfare nor reflect the empathy on the path of the Lagos state government towards the residents considering the harshness of the inflationary effect due to subsidy removals.”

He continued:

“With about N200 million of the state resources being spent to defend Mr Sanwo-olu by the Lagos State Government, how much would have been provisioned for all the State Assembly members, Local Government Chairman, and Councillors?

“Unfortunately, this is coming at a time when austerity measures are meant to reduce the government’s budget deficit, but policies are squeezing the citizens economically, and the government is spending without recourse for the citizens.

“Lagosians have the right to know and be enlightened while holding the government accountable about ‘what informed what expenses and why’; and how such spending is connected to their well-being. These funds are tax-payers monies — they must be judiciously and not frivolously spent.”

‘We pointed out malfeasance before’, AA’s Balogun

Earlier, AmbaJay reported that Tope Balogun, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2023 election in Lagos state, said alleged reckless spending under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, is not new.

Balogun said even the national budget is not absolved of such ‘financial recklessness’.

Doherty tackles Sanwo-Olu over Lagos’ spendings

Doherty tackled Governor Sanwo-Olu over procurements awarded by the state government.

Doherty wrote an open letter to Sanwo-Olu, highlighting some procurement awards in the second and third quarters of the year 2023.