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Sanwo-Olu: Lagos Assembly ask Governor to account for COVID-19 donations

The Lagos House of Assembly on Thursday, May 7; asked Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to account for expenses incurred from donations received in support of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

This decision to hold Sanwo-Olu accountable was reached during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

The House asked the governor to introduce a co-chairman from the executive arm to represent the state’s COVID-19 Incident Commander before the House.

Obasa said: “It is our own duty to do what is right.

“The law says the executive will come forward to give account on what they have expended.”

The member representing Mushin Constituency II, Olayiwola Abdul-Sobur; maintained that the donations and grants accrued to the state government should be domiciled in the Consolidated Revenue Funds.

Also, the executive must be reminded that no money should be withdrawn from any public funds; without the authorisation of the House.

“There should be transparency and trustworthiness on the part of the executive and they should be mindful of the funds which are donations and grants that are not budgeted for,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman House Committee on Health Services; Akeem Shokunle urged the governor to be mindful that the funds referred to were neither budgeted for nor in the consolidated fund or development fund.

He said that the House would ensure proper accountability of the donations and grants in accordance with the law.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, on Thursday, May 7; disclosed that 10 persons associated with the Lagos State House, Marina, have tested positive to COVID-19; even as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, have tested negative to the virus three consecutive times.

Announcing this update with respect to the new cases in the Sanwo-Olu cabinet on his Twitter handle; the Commissioner implored Lagosians to embrace the MaskUpLagos Initiative and observe all precautionary measures.

Specifically, he tweeted: “I am glad to announce that COVID-19 Incident Commander; Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the First Lady of Lagos @jokesanwoolu have consistently tested negative to COVID-19, following three consecutive tests conducted on them recently.

“I, therefore, implore you all to continue to embrace the #MaskUpLagos initiative and observe all precautionary measures such as physical distancing, hand washing, and other personal hygiene. All directives on easing lockdown in Lagos State remain in force.

“It is our collective responsibility to do all we can to stop the spread of #COVID19 #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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