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Lagos deputy governor denies receiving N2bn for rechargeable fans, others

The Lagos state Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, has denied that his office received over N2 billion to procure rechargeable fans, lights and fridge.

This follows viral online reports that the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat got N2 billion for the supply of fans, rechargeable light and fridges, while his wife got N30 million monthly for outreach to indigent residents.

An internal memo, dated November 20, from the office of the deputy governor, and addressed to the Director General, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, flayed the claims on the website over what is attributed to the deputy’s governor office on procurement.

The memo, also described the open letter as “untrue, mischievous, fake and unfounded.”

According to the memo by Director, Finance and Account, Tola Ekemode, on behalf the Permanent Secretary, in the office of the deputy governor, it described the procurement agency’s claim and the online story with the headline: ‘Open letter on selected public procurement by LASG in the period April – Sept 2023″, which has been trending since last weekend on social media as total misrepresentation of facts.

The deputy governor’s office, however, urged the agency to take prompt action in addressing the issue by giving the general public a true account of what was approved for the Office of the Deputy Governor.

The Office said it was compelled to write the letter due to the inaccuracies it conveyed; as the story was completely different and not a true reflection of what it has in its records.

 

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