Sanwo-Olu’s request for N4.42 billion to purchase 355 vehicles for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), has been approved by the Lagos state House of Assembly.
The House passed the approval through a voice vote supervised by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, in Lagos on Thursday.
The House had on 22, Monday, March announced during plenary that it received a letter from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget seeking approval to expend from the special expenditure to procure vehicles for official use by officials of the MDAs to aid effective and efficient service.
The speaker subsequently committed the request to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget headed by Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa II), and the committee was told to report to the House on Thursday.
Obasa on Thursday during plenary explained that 355 vehicles were approved out of the 916 needed for various officials of the government.
Presenting the report, Yishawu said the committee invited the state’s Head of Service (HOS), Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in respect of the request.
The lawmaker added that the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Abiola Liadi, amongst others to defend the request.
He revealed that the state government actually needed about 1,006 for its officials as discovered by the Committee, but that the Governor approved only 355 due to a shortage of fund.
A bill for a law to consolidate all laws relating to the transport sector 2021, was also passed into law by the House.
House later adjourned sitting to 12, Monday, April 2021.