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Anti-corruption Law Must Not Be Selective, Kalejaiye Tells Sanwo-olu

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Mojisola Lawal
Traditional ruler of Otumara community in the Lagos Mainland Local Government of Lagos State, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye says for the newly inaugurated Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to achieve its aim of fighting corruption in Lagos State, the anti-corruption law must not be selective in its application.


Kalejaiye made the statement while x-raying the damaging impacts of corruption, especially as it affects service delivery to Nigerians.


While applauding Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for signing the law setting up the Commission in April 2021 and the subsequent appointment of Hon. Justice Mojisola A. Olatoregun (Rtd) as its Chairman, he expressed concern over the selective approach in the war against corruption.


He stated, “I must commend Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for giving the Anti-corruption war in the State a push. Undoubtedly, Lagos State will be the better for it.
But of great concern is the implementation of the anti-corruption law which must not be seen to be bias or selective. It is said that law is a double edged sword which means it knows no gender, status and nationality.


Talking about corruption in sectors of the economy, especially in the power sector, community leaders and the CDA were not involved in the implementation and handling of the street light projects. The lighting projects are government project to be used by the community but in this wise, it has been abandoned since the last two years.


The street lights situated in Brickfield, Olokodana and Aloba Streets have not been functioning despite huge amount of resources expended on them by the Lagos State Government.


Upon completion the contractors abandoned the projects and the community are left in the dark.
Apart from the fact that they did a shady job, the projects have been turned into a private property to the extent that the CDA and community leaders know nothing apart the functioning of the lighting projects.


These projects are executed by the Lagos State Government and it was funded by tax payers’ money so they should be managed and monitored by the community.


I am calling on the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board to investigate the contractor that handled the project.


Recently, I went to the State Electricity Board to complain about the non-functionality of the street lights since the last two years. We want the Board to restore the light as it would aid security of lives and property.


Crime and other social vices thrive in darkness therefore I am urging the Lagos State Government and the Electricity Board to fix the street lights in Brickfield, Olokodana and Aloba Street.


The government and the police have been urging us to say something if we see something. This is why I am crying out over the state of infrastructure in my community.
So I am appealing to the newly inaugurated Lagos State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Street lighting projects across the State especially in Brickfield, Olokodana and Aloba Streets.
I want them to investigate the contractors that handled the projects and how they have managed them so far.
The Board are not even aware that street lights in the affected streets are not functioning.
They promised to visit the community and true to their words, they came and fix the issues.
But fact of the matter is that street light projects are to be managed and supervised by community leaders and the CDAs. They must be handed over to the community for proper management and supervision.”

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