MASS TRANSIT PROBE: Ambode's Commissioner Denies Testifying Against Him At Lagos Assembly

MASS TRANSIT PROBE: Ambode's Commissioner Denies Testifying Against Him At Lagos Assembly

Olusegun Banjo, former commissioner for economic planning and budget,
says he did not implicate his former boss, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode during an inquiry by a committee of the Lagos House of Assembly, saying he only stated that the purchase of 820 buses was not on the budget he managed.

This comes off the back of swirling reports that he turned against the former governor and helped to indict him.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said the reports that he testified against Ambode was not true.

Banjo said he told the assembly that he was not informed about what transpired regarding the 820 buses because the matter preceded him.

“I informed the committee that I was appointed in February 2018 when the issue of bus purchase had already been on the ground. I also explained that the bus issues were not contained in the budget I managed but could have been in earlier budgets,” he said.

“Regarding the operations of the Ministry, I brought it to the attention of the house that the operating system need to be reviewed and also mentioned other weaknesses in a professional manner.

“It is pertinent to note that these observations had earlier been included in my handing over note to the new administration and as it affects all arms of Government and not the executive alone.

“I wish to state that I am not in a position to know what exactly transpired on the issue of the buses as I was not in Government when the issue was tabled and approved by the State Executive Council and neither was I drafted into the bus Steering committee on assumption of duty in February 2018.

“My response to questions asked by the committee under oath was intended to explain technical issues pertaining to the operations of the Ministry and explain the anomalies they noted and seek explanations to, and nothing said by me there was intended to or said in any manner as to condemn or indict anyone.”

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