SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 28 – Lagos State House of Assembly has set up a committee to probe the purchase of 820 buses for public transportation in the state by the administration of immediate past Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
The committee is chaired by Hon. Fatai Mojeed.
In a motion titled, ‘Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 2, member representing Eti Osa 2, Gbolahan Yishawu, stated that the executive proposed to spend N17bn to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, which was not approved by the Assembly.
“In the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed N24bn and N7bn respectively, but these were not approved.
“The state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7bn, and out of them, 520 are still awaiting clearance at the ports,” he said.
He added that the House was worried that 520 buses were still awaiting clearance from the bonded warehouse and that they were purchased with taxpayers’ money without approval.
Akinwunmi Ambode was governor of Lagos for 4 years. He could not contest for a second term in February 2019, having failed to clinch his party, APC’s ticket in the guber primaries. Many believe Ambode’s political father and APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu is behind his predicament.
Since he handed over to the current governor in May 2019, Ambode has been the subject of a couple of alleged investigations. News broke out last month that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is investigating two accounts linked to Ambode, who distanced himself from the accounts.
Next was the raid on his house in Epe, lagos last week by EFCC operatives who claimed they were on a routine visit for an investigation. However, residents of the town claimed the EFCC agents were trying to plant foreign currency in Ambode’s house.