The Office of the Lagos State Deputy Governor has refuted claims that it received N2 billion for the supply of fans, rechargeable lights, and fridges, asserting that it has only received N2 million. The denial comes in response to allegations made by the Action Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate, Funso Doherty.
Doherty had alleged that Deputy Governor Dr. Kadri Hamzat received N2 billion for the mentioned supplies, and his wife received N30 million monthly for outreach to indigent Lagosians. However, Hamzat clarified that his wife’s monthly outreach and empowerment program funds were significantly less, at N2.5 million each.
An internal memo dated November 20 from the deputy governor’s office addressed to the Director General of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency refuted the claims, describing them as a “total misrepresentation of facts.” The memo, signed by Director of Finance and Account, Tola Ekemode, urged prompt action to correct the public record.
The memo clarified that the reported sum of N2,017,840,000 for the provision of supply items was inaccurate, stating that the actual approved amount was N2,017,840 (Two Million, Seventeen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty Naira). The office emphasized its commitment to accuracy and expressed concern over the potential harm to the reputation of the deputy governor and his wife.