The alleged award of landscaping and beautification of the Costain Roundabout Garden to a barbecue services company – Topmost Suya and Asun Enterprises – has been causing a buzz online with Nigerians calling for investigations into the award.
Many commentators on different platforms described the contract as a fraud, saying it was a reflection of the state of the country.
A resident of the area, Jimoh Adewale, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said the residents had asked government officials why such job would be given to a suya firm, but were ignored.
He said, “We noticed the scandal, but as usual, government officials ignored us when we asked questions. Some of them that visited the site told us that it was not our business.
However, an official of the agency responsible for the contract, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, who declined to be named, said the project was an “adoption project.”
He said, “A man approached the agency and offered to beautify the place. He brought his design and a horticulturist when he was called for presentation. He was consequently given an approval.
“The man owned the suya and asun company. Nobody gave him the permission to place a signboard on the site as a contractor, or use the name of the Lagos State Government because there was no contract. He has been asked to remove the signboard.”
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, could not be reached for comment.