The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s request of N4.42 billion to purchase 355 vehicles for ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).
The approval was passed through a voice vote supervised by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa.
The House had on Monday announced it received a letter from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget for 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 the 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 Hakeem Muri-Okunola in respect of the request.
The lawmaker added that the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Abiola Liadi, among others were equally invited to defend the request.
“The committee discovered that state government actually needed about 1,006 for its officials but that the governor approved only 355 due to shortage of fund.
“The expenditure was to be financed from the Special Expenditure Votes of the 2021 Appropriation Law.
“The committee also advised the officials of the state government to include purchase of vehicles for government officials in subsequent budgets.
“Rather than requesting for purchase of vehicles from special expenditure votes,” he said.