Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed that he has never purchased an official car for himself or personal staff from the government’s purse since he assumed office in May 2019.
Sanwo-Olu made the statement while speaking at the 22nd Annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island in Lagos on Thursday, November 5.
Sanwo-Olu at the event stressed the need for better accountability by public officeholders, revealing that all the cars in his convoy are those he used during his campaign.
“We need to look at our expenditure profile as chief executive of our state and ask ourselves, where can I cut the red tape; what can I do away with so as to increase the revenue of my state or even make available more money for my state? What I have done till date is that I have not purchased any single official vehicle for myself, for any of my personal staff or any of my family members from the government purse. If you see me have a convoy of 10 vehicles, these are all vehicles I was using during my campaigns.”
The governor also advised other governors to look into their expenditure profile and do away with unnecessary spending to increase state revenue for the government.
Sanwo-Olu said an increase in state revenue will help state governments have more resources to meet the basic needs of the people.