Sanwo-Olu Accepts Criticism Amidst Controversy Over Expenses

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed his administration’s willingness to accept criticism, amidst the controversy surrounding the procurement record released by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency.
While inaugurating the Lagos State Building Control Agency Building in Ikeja, the governor specifically acknowledged and welcomed an open letter from Funso Doherty, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress in Lagos.
Doherty had raised questions regarding the approval of substantial expenditures.
In response, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured Doherty and the public that the government would persist in publishing its spending records, maintaining transparency and making them accessible for public scrutiny. The governor emphasized his commitment to openness and accountability in governance, even in the face of criticism.
“We are committed, responsible and transparent. We don’t have a problem with anybody, or any individual. We acknowledge that these are ways we should be doing things. We appreciate criticism. We appreciate the fact that people can look at us in the face that we need to do well in the state.”
“So we don’t have a problem with the originator of an open letter. In fact, we like it and we want to thank him, and that’s to say that indeed, to be a government that’s firm and responsible, we should not shy away from criticism.
“But it is only when criticism is malicious, unintended and it is to misrepresent the truth and that’s where there’s a problem. Some officers in Lagos have all come out to say that indeed we can make mistakes on some lines of items. I heard of a particular one that an item was meant to be N2m but it was written as N2bn.
“For me, I’m leading a team of very dedicated public officials; I’m leading a team of committed civil servants. I’m leading a team of self-motivated public officials who want to stand and say that they can be well recognised.
“All we want to do is to serve the people of Lagos, and serve the state with every iota of strength and commitment we have, and believing Lagosians can truly see the benefit of our service. I just want to make this point, and put it to rest.”
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