Ambode is in trouble again as Lagos Assembly begins probe of 820 buses.
Trouble erupted for the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, when the Lagos State House Assembly raised a nine-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses valued at N45 billion by the administration of the former governor.
The panel, chaired by Fatai Mojeed, had Gbolahan Yishawu, Bisi Yusuff, Afinni Olanrewaju, Rasheed Makinde, Yinka Ogundimu, Mojisola Meranda, Temitope Adewale and Kehinde Joseph as members.
The House of Assembly said it had become imperative to investigate the acquisition of 820 buses out of the 5,000 buses proposed by the former governor for mass transit in the state.
According to the legislature, the governor went ahead to buy the buses despite objection by the Assembly.
“In the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed N24 billion and N7 billion respectively, but these were not approved.
“The state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7 billion, and out of them 520 are still awaiting clearance at the ports.
“The buses were later bought without approval by the state House of Assembly,” the law makers said.
Another lawmaker, Olowo, noted: “They told us that they wanted to start a pilot project, yet they went ahead with the project. Can we still wait for the vehicles to be in the port and attract demurrage.”