By Adeola Ogunrinde
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has written a protest letter to the Public Procurement Agency in Alausa Ikeja.
He declared that media reports that his office spent N2,017,840,000 on rechargeable fans and fridges were not correct.
Also not correct, according to Hamzat, is the claim that his wife spent N30 million monthly on empowerment.
“These reports are untrue, misleading and mischievous“, the deputy governor said.
The letter tittled ‘Re: Open Letter On Selected Public Procurement By LASG In The Period April To September 2023’ sighted by WesternPost was sent to PPA from Hamzat’s office on November 20, 2023.
It was signed by Tola Ekemode, Director, Finance and Accounts for the Permanent Secretary.
The protest letter read in part: “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.
“The report that the office, through the wife of the Deputy Governor, spent N30 million monthly for outreach to indigents is inaccurate. It is N2.5 million per month. Same for the Empowerment Programme by the wife of the Deputy Governor which is also N2.5 million per month.
“The above narrative is exactly what we have in our records and please, kindly find attached the approvals and the letters of Awards of the contract for your necessary action.
“This is very sad and Mr. Deputy Governor has expressed his displeasure to this happening and will want your office to kindly address this by giving the public the true picture of events.
“These errors and inaccuracies exhibited by your data are capable of putting credibility at stake. One then wonders about the accuracies of content of the site if the items concerning the Deputy Governor’s Office can be this inaccurate.
“It is, therefore, important that you look through the data and confirm the correctness or otherwise of all the details of the report as displayed on the website”.