How Fashola spent N139m on two boreholes

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More revelations on the alleged sleaze committed under former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has revealed how the former state chief executive spent whooping N139 million 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 as part of the awarded contracts by the Lagos State Tenders Board in 2013.

In the same year, according to the website of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, N640 million 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 which was awarded to Deux Projects Limited.

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.

The report also showed that the same Deux Projects Limited, also got N220m for a facility management of the Lagos State University College of Medicine.

The former governor, according to the report, spent N619m on surface repair on Ajara-Erekiti-Iragon-Ikoga Road in Badagry Local Government, while another N1.2bn was spent 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, while about N510 million was spent on the remodelling and equipping of the official residence of the state’s Chief Judge at 4 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos.

About N165 million was reportedly 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, tundefashola.com.

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 and warned against attempt by some persons to tarnish his good image and misrepresent his budgetary spending to the members of the public.

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