The 2023 governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has called out the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for spending over Nibn on helicopter service in one month.

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According to Rhodes-Vivour, who made the claim onnhis X handle, Sanwo-Olu spent N1,039,875,000 on helicopter charter service in April 2022.

He also stated that the governor spent N512,000,000 on the same service in July and August 2023.

Rhodes-Vivour said “In April 2022 alone, the Lagos state government spent N1,039,875,000 on helicopter charter service for Mr. Governor’s regular traveling. In July and August 2023, it spent N512,000,000 on the same helicopters.

“Should Lagos be spending close to N2 billion in just three months transporting the governor in a private helicopter when most parts of his primary constituency in Lagos Island do not have portable water running from their taps?” he queried.

He stated that N1.2bn could pay 1,000 teachers N100,000 monthly for a year.

“A Rhodes-Vivour government will use drones as opposed to helicopters for project supervision. This will save the state funds that will be put towards human capital development.

“E.g. With N1.2 billion, we can pay 1,000 teachers N100,000/month for a year. This will bring us closer to our goal of achieving the best public primary and secondary school education system in the country.

“A Rhodes-Vivour government will not pay for officials to travel on private Jets. Any official that intends to fly private will pay privately,” Rhodes-Vivour added.