Thursday, May 27, 2010


We are concerned citizens of Lagos State who are sufficiently bothered about recent developments in the state which were brought to public awareness by the publication titled “The True Face of Lagos”.
This publication has presented His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos with a rare opportunity to be accountable to the people of Lagos. He should ride high on this to endear himself to the people of Lagos State.
We now call on him to explain on a point-by-point basis these serious allegations of financial recklessness, mis-management, abuse of office and other gross constitutional violations levelled against him.
We hereby identify certain specific allegations which we expect His Excellency to respond to and which should also be of concern to agencies such as Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), ICPC and Special Fraud Unit of the Nigerian Police.
1. Allegation of Contract Inflation:
N1.5b demolition of the Bank of Industry
N7.7b cost of 2 kilometres portion of Funsho Williams Road (Western Avenue)
N1.8b Gbagada General Hospital road construction
N10b LASU-IBA road project
N5.2b City Hall rehabilitation project
N5b helicopter deal
N1.5b sand filling of Badagry Marina

2. Allegation of Financial Recklessness and Mismanagement
N250m give away to the Rotimi Akeredolu led exco of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
N420m to hire private security for six (6) months
N135m to fuel 225 vehicles within 6 months
N290m to send text messages and make phone calls within six (6) months
N1.5b of unappropriated funds for demolition of Oshodi
N183m for press coverage for six (6) months
N600m paid in two (2) years for Christmas decorations
N2b spent on subventions, grants and donation to faceless organisations
N100m to do soap opera
$62m (N10b) CCTV project
N30m per trip for the governor’s wife for six (6) trips per year

3. DEUX Projects and Dr. Tunji Olowolafe
There are several serious allegations on this company and this person which the public deserve explanation
Who is Tunji Olowolafe?
What is the relationship between him and Governor Fashola and ex-governor Bola Tinubu?
We are aware that Olowolafe’s relationship with Lagos state government predated this present administration. For instance in 2005, Olowolafe solely handled all rehabilitation and building projects at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH)
In 2005-2006, the Cooky County Hospital in Chicaga, Illionis, USA donated a set of equipment to the Lagos State government free of charge. Despite these equipment being given free of charge, Lagos State government still went ahead and paid Dr. Tunji Olowolafe for them
Why should Lagos State government have to pay Dr. Tunji Olowolafe for equipments donated free of charge by the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, lll, USA.
The entire maintenance and management of equipment was solely concessioned to Olowolafe’s company by the Tinubu administration at an annual payment of N850m paid upfront.
The development of Tejuosho and Oluwole markets are also concessioned to companies jointly owned by Dr. Tunji Olowolafe and ex-governor Bola Tinubu.
The on-going construction of the Children’s Hospital in Gbaja, Surulere is being executed by Tunji Olowolafe

4. Lekki Concession Company (LCC) and Asset Resources Management (ARM)
LCC is the company to which the Lekki-Epe construction was concessioned for 30 years in 2006. Dr. Tunji Olowolafe is the Chairman of LCC.
The construction company handling the Lekki-Epe Expressway is HITECH
HITECH is owned by the Chagouris and ex-governor Bola Tinubu is the Chairman.
What has become of large hectres of land concessioned to ARM and Olowolafe at Lekki corridor as part of the concession for 4th mainland bridge?
Why is the project taking so long and what are the conditions of the concession and what happened to the coastal road which is the main project of the concession? Why has the concession not been cancelled?
The Maiyegun Scheme sold to Olowolafe and his cronies without any independent valuation and the N5.3b purportedly paid untraceable.
The land (Layeni’s compound) adjacent to the demolished BOI building was acquired in the public interest but resold to Olowolafe and his friends.

5. Land Matters
Governor Fashola should explain to the public the indiscremante and reckless acquisition of public land for private use. Some of these are:
o Royal Gardens Estate which was original earmarked for a general hospital to serve the people of Eti-Osa now given away to Bola Tinubu’s family.
o Hecters of land belonging to several communities. Sirinwon, Igbekodo, Apakin etc in Ibeju Lekki local government given away by Ex-governor Bola Tinubu to his crony, Ibukun Fakeye to develop a golf course and housing estate. In addition N5b was raised from the coffers of Lagos State for the take-off of the project.
o The Eko Akete Project for which N4.7b was raised from the bank and lost. The scheme was later transferred to C&C owned by the Chagouris
o Hecters of land of Lagos State Fisheries office bequeathed to one Prince Dipo Eludoyin.
o Fishery landing jetty at Badore where the Ilubirin fishermen were to be relocated.
o Ogudu foreshore given to Prince Dipo Eludoyin.
o Parkview foreshore reclaimed now owned by ex-governor Bola Tinubu
o Former Strabag yard at Alausa now owned by Bola Tinubu
o The Oriental Hotel on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the extension of multi-storey car park beside it owned by ex-governor Bola Tinubu
o Multi-level recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe Expressway owned by Bola Tinubu, Olowolafe and ARM
o Over N5b expended on the bar beach shore line project and no further work has been done by the concessionaire to develop the Atlantic City project which was claimed to have been over subscribed. The N5b will soon become a complete waste given the temporary nature of the shoreline protection.
It is so obvious that the land bureau is riddled with corruption of the most unimaginable level. No wonder one of the Executives of Land Use and Allocation, Committee celebrated publicly his first billion naira mark and the Permanent Secretary (Lands) – Mr. Gbenga Ashafa throwing three (3) extensively lavish parties in the space of one (1) year attended by both Governor Raji Fashola and ex-governor Bola Tinubu.
6. Other Issues
Bus Assembly Company to be set up at Ilara, Epe in conjunction with Marcopolo of Brazil which millions of dollars was paid to a consultant known only to ex-governor Bola Tinubu in 2006
Over N2b paid from the state coffers to people known only to ex-governor Bola Tinubu to build bus maintenance facilities at Cappa, Oshodi in 2006 of which nothing has been done till date
Billions of naira had been paid not once, not twice on the development of Oyingbo market for which no appreciable level of work has been done. The evidence is there for the public to see.
Because of the prohibitive cost of development of various markets by Shylock Contractors, market stalls have gone beyond the reach of our market women. No wonder our streets are littered with traders.
In conclusion, when President Yar’Adua declared his assets at the beginning of his administration and the governor of Lagos State did not follow suit, we wondered why, given his background and exposure. But when we revisited the governorship candidates debate during the 2007 governorship election on the issue of corruption in Alausa, Governor Fashla’s response then was that he had not noticed any stealing or pilfering in Alausa and if anyone noticed it, they can point it out.

The allegations above are pointers for Governor Fashola to react to now.
We commend the prompt action of the Lagos State House of Assembly in setting up the administrative panel to look into the allegation by the writers of “The True Face of Lagos”. We urge the Assembly to make the panel’s work to be all inclusive taking cognisances of all matters of concern here above catalogued.
The good people of Lagos State should be made to benefit from the actions resulting from the Assembly’s finding.
We are waiting and watching.


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1 comment:

  1. The following articles by the Progressive People of Lagos State are riveting with overwhelming allegations that any reasonable person would at least want the veracity validated or invalidated by the appropriate authorities and the people involved. It is amazing to me that more drastic actions have not been taken by EFCC and/or any other authority responsible for such investigation! It is with this in mind that has decided to publish these articles. We are interested in ascertaining the truth.