Lagos Assembly to probe Ambode over purchase of 820 buses




Former Lagos Governor Ambode
Former Governor of Lagos, Ambode Akinwunmi. Credit:Pulse.ng

The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up a committee to probe the immediate past governor, Akinwunmi Ambode over the purchase of 820 buses without the house approval.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti Osa 2 constituency said Ambode proposed N24 billion and N7 billion in the 2018 and 2019 budget respectively without approval from the state house of assembly.

He added that the state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7 billion, with 520 of those buses still awaiting clearance at the ports.

This was in addition to the proposed to N17 billion to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget that was also not approved by the assembly.

“In the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed N24 billion and N7 billion respectively, but these were not approved,” he said.

“The state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7 billion, and out of that, 520 are still awaiting clearance at the ports.”

“The state government requested waivers for the importation of the buses and it was not granted. The value of the buses were overrated. Some of the buses are still in the ports and they are attracting demurrage”.

“N45 billion would be spent on the total purchase of the buses and we need to prevent such an occurrence in the future.” he said.

In reacting to the allegations, Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the assembly set up a committee headed by Hon. Fatal Mojeed, representing Ibeju Lekki 1, to investigate the matter.




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