Assembly Probes Ambode Over Purchase of 45 Billion Buses
The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up a committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses by the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The law makers said the governor did not get the approval to buy 820 of the 5000 buses he proposed for mass transit in the state. The law maker representing Eti-Osa constituency 2 Gbolahan Yishawu, said the executive proposed to spend 17 Billion Naira to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, but it was not approved. In the 2018 and 2019 budget, the state government proposed 24 Billion Naira and 7 Billion Naira respectively for the buses, which were again turned down. Yishawu said the Ambode administration went ahead to purchase the vehicles, the law maker is worried that 520 of the 820 buses were still awaiting clearance from the bonded warehouse at the port at the expense of tax payers. He suggested that an adhoc committee be set up to investigate the cost of the buses and other issues surrounding the purchase to prevent a recurrence, because the value of the buses is overrated. The speaker of the house Mudashiru Obasa, noted the house must act urgently to prevent waste, so the house subsequently set up a committee headed by a member representing Ibeju-Lekki Constituency 1, Fatai Mojeed, to look into the matter and report to the house.