Info Access Plus Deny Collecting N78 Million For Fashola’s Website

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Info Access Plus have denied circulating reports that the sum of N78 million was collected for the upgrade of Babatunde Fashola’s website, tundefashola.com.

A screenshot from Fashola's website, tundefashola.com
A screenshot from Fashola’s website, tundefashola.com

Info Access Plus, who handled the upgrade, claimed they received less than N10 million for the job, in a statement released this evening.

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Their statement reads:

Our attention is drawn to the twitter campaign alleging that the Lagos State Government (LASG), led by His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN spent Seventy Eight Million Naira (N78M) to upgrade the  www.tundefashola.com web site, a site dedicated to giving citizens unfettered access to the Governor’s daily activities and open access to information.

It is imperative to state here that, the website in question is not Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola’s personal website but an official website which reports and documents his official activities as a way of socially accounting for his stewardship to the people of Lagos State.

This initiative of having an official website for the Governor was to build on the earlier commitment to open access which saw Governor Fashola being the first serving governor to publish his telephone number on the pages of newspapers. As pressure mounted on that number, the website and all of its social media handles became alternative platforms for people to directly engage with their elected governor.

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While we do not hold brief for the Lagos State Government, the selective loading of contracts awarded and executed by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency is itself suspect and aimed at a pre-determined end. The statement of the Contract Line Item and the cost ascribed on the website of the agency are therefore misleading and mischievous.

N12.5m was quoted for the upgrade of the www.tundefashola.com web site, which includes complete re-design of all the hundreds of page templates. Meanwhile, the LASG spent less than N10m on this and not N78M being bandied on the social around.

 

Wana

Wana

Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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