Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, refutes claims that his office received N2 billion for the acquisition of rechargeable fans, lights, and fridges.
In a memorandum to the Director-General of the Public Procurement Agency, he clarifies that the approved budget for the project was N2 million. Additionally, he disputes the reported figure of N30 million for his wife’s monthly outreach to indigents and empowerment programs, stating that she actually received N2.5 million for each initiative.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Hamzat faced criticism following online reports alleging the approval of N7.5 million for replacing liquid fragrance in Sanwo-Olu’s office and N2 billion for rechargeable fans in Hamzat’s office.
However, Hamzat, through a memo signed by the Director of Finance and Account, Tola Ekemode, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the deputy governor’s office, refuted the claims, deeming them false, misleading, and baseless.
“It is important to state that truly, the office did get approval and awarded the provision of supply items (rechargeable fans, rechargeable lights and fridges) for the sum of =N=2,017,840 (Two Million, Seventeen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty Naira) as against the =N=2,017,840,000 (Two Billion, Seventeen Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira as reported by Doherty in his purported letter.
In addition, the report that the office through the Wife of the Deputy Governor spent =N=30,000,000 monthly for outreach to indigents is inaccurate as the amount stated covered the whole year. It is =N=2,500,000 per month. Same for the Empowerment programme by the Wife of the Deputy Governor which also =N=2,500,000 per month as against =N=30,000,000 monthly reported” the memo readHe called on the agency to take immediate action to take prompt action in addressing the issue by giving the general public a true account of what was approved.
“The Office of the Deputy Governor wishes to state in unequivocal terms, for your immediate action and the attention of millions of readers that the report is untrue, mischievous, fake and unfounded.
We are compelled to write this letter due to the inaccuracies it conveyed; as the story was completely different and not a true reflection of what we have in our records. Also, we would not allow some individual(s) and journalists with mischievous inclination to bring the personality and name of the Deputy Governor, his wife and the office to disrepute” he said