In a State where children are sitting on the floor in classrooms, where unemployment is rampant and poverty pervasive, Fashola paid the wife of a controversial pastor over N600 million, in two years, for Xmas Decorations for about six streets in Lagos.No newspaper reported this.
A 250-hectare of land valued at about N35billion and strategically located adjacent to the Ajah-Badore junction on Lekki-Epe road. It was original earmarked to build a general hospital to serve the people of Eti-Osa. However, it was stolen by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu. Today, that property has been developed to become what is today known as the Royal Garden Housing Estate. All these at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.No news media ever reported this.
Bola Tinubu appropriated to himself a choice public property situated along the Lekki-Epe expressway. It was on this land that he built and part-owns the multi-billion Naira “Oriental Hotels” at the “Admiralty Circle” Maroko.Media houses conveniently turned a blind eye to this news item.
In 2005-2006, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA donated a set of medical equipment to the Lagos State government free-of-charge. This was when Bola Tinubu was still the governor of Lagos State. Yet, records showed that a company belonging to Tunji Olowolafe was paid for it by way of Letters of Credit for the same equipment. The payment was made during Fashola’s administration.No newspaper editorial was written about this.
Mrs. Animashahun heads the Lagos State Building Control Agency. She is a relative of the governor. Also, one Dr. Mrs. Adesina who calls the shots as the Special Adviser to the Governor is equally a relative of the Governor. One Ms. Azeez, a sister to the closest friend of the Governor, Demola Azeez, heads the EKO Project and directly reports to him. There is hardly any Agency in the State today that the Fashola family or Animashaun Family does not prominently feature. This is aside from the in-laws and many relatives of the Governor who returned from the United Kingdom to populate most Lagos State agencies.No newspaper would report this.
In 2009, Fashola claimed to have bought two helicopters for an unbelievable N5Billion. It was purchased without a transparent bidding process. They also claimed that the helicopter was built for emergency evacuation, rescue or to even combat urban fire. This was a blatant lie. The helicopters were of generic design. Before public attention was brought to this grand heist by the Fashola administration, the seal of Lagos State was not on it. It wasn’t even in Lagos, but in the Niger-Delta making money for some private people in government. The fraudulent purported acquisition of 2 Bell 412 EP Series Helicopters from a Canadian firm constitute a flagrant violation of Section 123(1) and (2) and Section 120(4) of the 1999 Constitution.Only ThisDay Newspaper reported this (See ThisDay December 19, 2009). However, the consequence of daring to report this, is the reason why the beautiful and imposing “ThisDay Dome”, an exquisite event place, situated along the Lekki Epe Expressway, Lekki, is no more there. Emperor Fashola literarily harassed them out of the state.
The Mayegun Scheme was sold to Olowolafe and other friends and cronies of Fashola against public interest without any independent valuation by relevant agency of government? Why is the size of the scheme shielded in secrecy? Why was N5.2 billion for which the land was sold untraceable? Where is the over N2 billion loan borrowed to sand-fill the place? What is the fate of the Tourism and Art-craft sellers chased away from the place? No newspaper reported this.
Former Gov Tinubu gave away Hectares of land belonging to several communities-Sirinwon, Igbekodo, Apakin etc in Ibeju Lekki local government to his crony, one Ibukun Fakeye to develop a golf course and housing estate with no regard for the right of the community? In addition, why did the Lagos State Government pay a whopping sum of N5billion for the take-off of the project which today is being singularly handled by Ibukun Fakeye as a private project at the exclusion of any Lagos State Government official? Was this project ever approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly or the amount appropriated in the 2006 or 2007 budgets?No newspaper would report this.
Ms. Yinka Fashola is the immediate elder sister of the Gov. Fashola. She is the one superintending over the on-going Lagos State Residents Registration exercise. Nothing less than 7 Billion Naira has been expended on the exercise thus far. Unfortunately, more than a year since the commencement of the programme, they have only succeeded in registering 164,000 people. Mathematically, it translates to N42,682, 926.82 to register one person. Pure waste of tax payers funds.No newspaper would report this.
The entire Ogudu Foreshore scheme initially earmarked for low cost housing scheme sold to a company belonging to Prince Dipo Eludoyin – a crony of Bola Tinubu? How much was this piece of real estate sold? And where did the money end up in?No newspaper would report this.
Bola Tinubu’s wife, Remi Tinubu, built the massive New Era Foundation youth camp at the junction of Eleko, off the Lekki-Epe express road, with Lagos State funds. Today, the project is now her personal property.No newspaper would report this.
Fashola during his electioneering campaign of 2011, in no uncertain terms, promised that he would build the 4th Mainland Bridge. Today, there are no signs of the project kicking off.No newspaper editorial reminded him of this campaign promise.
The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC). It is partly- owned by Tinubu and Fashola. It has been been developed into a golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd (ARM) as ADIVA project.We are still waiting for a newspaper to do an editorial on this.
Fashola built a bridge to connect Lekki to Ikoyi. The bridge, the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, is described as a “suspended bridge”. The bridge is by no means a suspended bridge. Most Lagosians are clueless of what a suspended bridge is. However, they accept it as that. The bridge costs the State a staggering N38 Billion ( they creatively skimmed off N2b from N40B, to make it N38Billion, in order to give the project amount some decency). The House of Assembly’s verification exercise rated the bridge as being not worth more than N7 billion. Whatever happened to N31Billion is best left to the imagination of the tax payers.No newspaper has reported this.
Still on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. The Lekki-Ikoyi “suspended” bridge is a 1.8km bridge. It is built on low-tide (shallow) waters. It was built at an incredible cost of N38Billion. That is over $250m for a 1.8km bridge! Mathematically, that translates to about N18million per meter length (over $120k per length). In other words, N420, 200 per inch ($40, 0000 per inch). Perhaps, the bridge was built with gold-plated gravel and steel.However, this leaves one wondering how much it would then take Fashola to build the fabled 4TH Mainland bridge, a bridge that is expected to span 15km.