How Fashola Spent ‘Incredible’ Millions, Billions On Some Lagos Projects

From Punch
The immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde
Fashola, spent N139m on the drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House,
Ikeja. The project was completed by Deux Projects Limited according
to a report published by the state government
The report, which was part of the awarded contracts by the
Lagos State Tenders Board in 2013, was seen on the website of the Lagos State
Public Procurement Agency.
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
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,
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.
He, however, warned against attempt by some persons to
tarnish his good image and misrepresent his budgetary spending to the members
of the public.

All attempts to speak with Fashola’s spokesperson, Hakeem
Bello, proved abortive as he did not pick calls neither did he respond to a
text message sent to his telephone.

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