Fashola flays FG for misplaced priority, mismanagement

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday flayed the Federal Government for misplacing priority and mismanagement of the nation’s resources.
He said the latest N2.3 trillion allegedly missing from the Federation Account could provide 80 cable bridges across the state if the Federal Government was committed to the development of infrastructure.
Fashola also said the two armoured cars bought at N255 million for the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, could purchase 51 patrol vehicles for the police to facilitate robust security patrol if the Federal Government prioritised security of lives and property.
Speaking at the 7th Town Hall Meeting on security entitled: “Sustaining local responding to rising national security challenges” held at the Civic Centre, Lagos, Fashola said N51 billion would be needed to achieve effective patrol of the state’s 9, 000 streets, adding that N45 billion for the purchase of 9, 000 patrol vehicles and N6.3 billion for the fueling of the cars.
On the alleged missing funds and mismanagement of resources, Fashola said: “If one now looks at what happened to N2.3 trillion oil subsidy funds and how much that money would have done in the hands of our security agencies in the country, especially the Nigerian Police, they would have been able to police the country more and reduce the crime rate.
“If you divide N2.3 trillion by N29 billion which we used to construct the Lekki link bridge, you will have almost 80 Lekki link bridges. In what we used to buy fuel that we didn’t see. If we wanted to give every state two of those bridges, you will have enough and more to spend. “And it is annoying that we cannot find the fuel and we cannot find the money.
This is not funny. This tells us how we have priced our priority in Nigeria.” Decrying the mismanagement of fund used in purchasing the bullet proof cars for aviation minister, the governor said it was sad that the Federal Government only allocated three patrol vehicles for one state police command of 370, 000 police men, when the N255 million spent on the cars could purchase 51 patrol vehicles for police patrolling the streets of Lagos.

He said: “It is sad to know that the Federal Government that allocated three patrol vehicles for one state police command of 370, 000 police men is unable to resolve how N255 million was used to purchase two saloon vehicles for one officer. It is a very grave irony.
The cost of average vehicle needed to patrol the state is just N5 million. And with such fund, we will have put at least 51 patrol vehicles on the road, patrolling the streets of Lagos. “And it is the same aviation ministry that manages the airport that we had this very odious car scandal of N255 million.”
He, however, said that the fight against crime in the state would be technologically driven, scientifically grounded and result assured.

Fashola said: “Our crime data base now has record content of 92, 488 which helps us to keep track of all those who have been arrested, prosecuted, jailed or have any contact with the criminal justice system.”
Earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Mankko, said 919 vehicles, 390 arms and 16, 034 ammunitions were recovered from armed robbery incidents in the last one year.

He said: “From November 2012 to October 2012, 390 armed robbery incidents were foiled, 472 armed robbers were arrested while 146 died during gun battle.” The commissioner who spoke on the continuous delay of Abiodun Ebenezer Ogunjobi, pseudonym Godogodo, explained that the suspect was still been interrogated.

National Mirror
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