Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has called on the Federal Government to be wary of the activities of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), stressing that the agency has embarked on fraudulent activities claiming credit for repairing and fixing street lights already carried by the Lagos State Government.
Fashola who spoke in Lagos said FERMA is claiming to have invested funds allocated to it from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Scheme (SURE-P) on street lights when in actual sense the projects were executed by the Lagos State Government.
“FERMA is now putting signposts on areas and roads where we have worked, deceiving its employer in Abuja that it is working. I have taken photographs of the area and sent to the Minister of Works that I hope the people you are giving money to in Lagos are accounting for the money you are giving them because all the works they claim that they did, we did them.
“That is the fraud that is going on now. They use money from SURE-P and they are moving about deceiving people in Abuja that they are using it to work in Lagos. To their minds, that is what they will use to win elections here by next year, but the people of Lagos are no fools”.
Fashola explained that the Apapa-Oshodi expressway as well as the Apapa port belongs to the Federal Government but the city road inside the GRA which belongs to Lagos State, adding that Lagos State awarded contracts on six to seven roads in the area.
“We have done the phase one and the phase two is about commencing. After we finished the first phase, we discovered that tankers were leaving the port to park on the roads built for residents. And this was a failure of supervision and management by the agencies of the federal government. The matter has not been resolved; it’s still a tricky one”, he said.