Prof. Wole Soyinka Allegedly Quits as Chairman of Lagos @ 50


…Cites Lack of Transparency by Committee Members Handling Projects

Professor Wole Soyinka

If feelers coming from the Center of Excellence as Lagos State is known is true, there may be a clog in the wheels of things as rumor has it that the Chairman of Lagos @ 50 anniversary planning committee in Noble Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka left his position over situation sources claim has to do with the way some members of the committee are running the supposedly epoch making event.

Sources close to the Lagos seat of power alleged that the Professor of Literature felt slighted by the fact that some members of the committee has turned the event to money making venture for themselves as virtually all contract that has to do with the activity is being issued to companies formed by members, and these are done without any form of transparency.

There is a case where a particular member of the committee with influence in the government allegedly created two companies that he’s using to milk the event and this our source explained is responsible for the shoddy way the preparation is going.

It will be recalled that a group had recently raised issue about the committee giving account of how the money budgeted for the event was spent, this it was gathered informed the reason the Professor was said to have investigated how things are truly being run and the result had forced his resignation, since he cannot defend the money that they claimed has been expended so far on the occasion.

Many residents of the State had been complaining that the way the committee has been going about the whole programme can better described as shoddy, as citizens of the State are not totally carried along, some even claimed they only knew things are happening only because of the road signage placed on the road and that these are doing little in informing the people of activities for the State’s Golden Jubilee.

We will be getting you informed as things goes by.


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