The Lagos State Public Procurement Agency has issued an apology and clarification after facing backlash for documents that revealed large sums earmarked for specific tasks and projects in the state. The controversy arose after the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Funsho Doherty, raised questions about certain contract awards approved by the state’s procurement agency.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the public procurement office acknowledged the concerns and clarified that the information had been misrepresented and misunderstood. The agency emphasized its commitment to transparency, accuracy, and accountability in all government transactions, as mandated by the Lagos State Public Procurement Law.
The statement expressed regret for any unintended misinterpretations and confusion caused by the lack of detailed descriptions in the project information. To address concerns thoroughly, the agency provided line-by-line explanations of the contracts in question to offer clarity and dispel misconceptions.
The agency pledged to continue improving its internal processes and communication methods to provide clearer and more accessible information to the public. It stressed that the autonomy of the agency is aimed at ensuring fairness and transparency, not causing confusion or discrediting any involved parties.
The clarification comes as efforts to maintain transparency and accountability in government spending gain increasing importance.