We all make mistakes – Sanwo-Olu reacts to Lagos spending

Governor Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said his administration is not immune to mistakes.

Admitting that a mistake was made over spending figures, Sanwo-Olu said his government was committed to public goods.

He spoke at the inauguration of the Lagos State Building Control Agency Building, PWD Ikeja while reacting to the procurement record released by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency.

Speaking against the open letter by the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress in Lagos State, Funso Doherty, Sanwo-Olu said his administration will continue to publish its spending despite criticisms.

The governor assured that his administration is committed, responsible and transparent, adding that “We don’t have a problem with anybody, or any individual. We acknowledge that these are ways we should be doing things.”

He said: “We appreciate criticism. We appreciate that people can look at us in the face that we need to do well in the state.

“So we don’t have a problem with the originator of an open letter. We like it and want to thank him, and that’s to say that, indeed, to be a firm and responsible government, we should not shy away from criticism.

“But it is only when criticism is malicious, unintended, and it is to misrepresent the truth, and that’s where there’s a problem.

“Some officers in Lagos have all come out to say that, indeed, we can make mistakes on some lines of items. I heard of a particular one that an item was meant to be N2m, but it was written as N2bn.

“For me, I’m leading a team of very dedicated public officials; I’m leading a team of committed civil servants. I’m leading a team of self-motivated public officials who want to stand and say that they can be well recognised.”

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