Barely 24 hours after the Akinwunmi Ambode-led government of Lagos State surreptitiously blew the whistle the whistle on the kind of contracts that his predecessor, Babatunde Raji Fashola doled out while in power, the State has deleted the list it had cleverly displayed on its website, some say, just to ridicule Fashola.
The list which was published on the website of the state’s Public Procurement Agency, www.lagosppa.gov.ng, stated that Fashola’s administration spent N78.3m on his personal website, www.tundefashola.com, in 2014 and N139m on the drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja, among other such contracts.
The said website was inaugurated by Fashola on July 15, 2013. It was meant to enhance transparency and accountability in public procurement.
Newspapers have since published some of the over-bloated contracts and pundits have been arguing back and forth. While some say they are disappointed in Fashola, others say Ambode is hungry for his pound of flesh and wants to ridicule Fashola for forcing him into early retirement. They suspect he is being pushed against Fashola by Tinubu. Still others say that (corrupt) politics is about bloated contracts just so that incumbents can pay their sponsors back and that the ruling party APC is now divided against itself.
Neither the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr. Habib Aruna, nor Fashola’s spokesperson, Hakeem Bello, have volunteered any meaningful explanation for the Ambode-Fashola imbroglio that is building up.
Below is a list of contracts credited to Fashola and gleaned from the website that has now been partially erased. The N139m drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja was completed by Deux Projects Limited.
In the same year, N640m was spent by the Fashola administration for the reconstruction of a car park and other associated works at the Lagos House, Marina. The report stated that the N640m contract was given to Julius Berger Plc as part of phase two of the reconstruction of Lagos House where Fashola lived during his eight years in government.
In the same year, N300m was spent on the relocation of cables belonging to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. The contract was awarded to Deux Projects Limited.
According to the report, the former governor also spent N175m to replace the railings of a pedestrian bridge on Carter Bridge from Ido to Idumota with concrete railings. The contract was awarded to A Abicon Engineering Limited.
According to the report, N220m was spent on the facility management of the Lagos State University College of Medicine. The contract was awarded to Deux Projects Limited.
The former governor, according to the report, spent N619m on surface repair on Ajara-Erekiti-Iragon-Ikoga Road in Badagry Local Government.
According to the report, Fashola spent N1.2bn on the construction of an unidentified multi-storey building in Onikan, Lagos.
The former governor was also said to have spent N1.6bn on the construction of a 48-bedroom hotel at Lagos State VIP Chalets, Badagry.
About N510m was spent on the remodelling and equipping of the official residence of the state’s Chief Judge at 4 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos, according to the report.
About N165m was spent on the construction of an 18-classroom block at Ajara Senior Grammar School, Ajara Badagry. The same amount was also spent on an 18-block classroom at Community Senior/Junior Secondary School, Bayeku, Ikorodu.
Fashola had recently come under fire for spending N78.3m of taxpayers’ money on his website, tundefashola.com.
Although the figures were published on the official website of the state government, the former governor said all the monies were duly approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency.
Fashola, in a six-page letter, stated that the website of the state government was authentic.