The Lagos State Government has said that the actual value of the callosal damage to property affecting various parastatals after the #EndSARS mayhem were yet to be determined seven months after.
Special Adviser, Parastatals Monitoring Office, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo, stated this on Tuesday, during ministerial press briefing to commemorate the second anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration, held in Alausa, Ikeja.
Ayantayo said: “Following the unfortunate EndSARS protest and the attendant heavy destruction of public and private properties, the state suffered heavy damage to critical public property and this nearly brought the state to a standstill economically.
“The parastatals were not spared; their assets were either stolen or destroyed. To determine the level of the damage of the Parastatals, the office carried out on-the- spot assessment of destroyed and stolen assets of the state’s parastatals.
“The report of the assessment has been forwarded to Mr. Governor. It is pertinent to mention here that 20 parastatals were affected in varying degrees which include: Lekki Concession Company, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency
Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Lagos Bus Service Limited, Lagos Television, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, among others,”.
When asked to disclose total value of property lost by parastatals to EndSARS, Ayantayo, said: “We are still assessing and compiling the data. The special committee set up by Mr. Governor to come up with total assessment of losses suffered is still working on the total estimate and is yet to submit full report.”
He said to raise the standard of performance of the parastatals and ensure they fulfil their mandates as established in their enabling laws, the office in collaboration with Ministry of Justice through the Law Reform Commission Office, embarked on review of the enabling laws of the parastatals that are either obsolete or hindering their operational guidelines.
He noted that 54 of such enabling laws have been forwarded to the Law Reform Commission for review.
He also expressed commitment at moving Lagos to a greater heights, despite the havoc rendered by the COVID – 2019 pandemic and EndSARS protest.
Ayantayo stated that over the past two year, the office has been working in tandem with the administration’s THEMES agenda.