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How we spent N80m on lawmakers’ wives Dubai trip — Lagos Speaker, Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Saturday narrated how N80 million was spent for the lawmakers wife trip to Dubai.

Obasa, while explaining the expenditure of N80m as estacode for the training of women in Dubai, said that wives of the 20 lawmakers attended the event and that he was there to declare the event open.

“We gave N4m to each of the participants for air ticket, hotels, feedings and local travel.

“Air ticket to Dubai alone cost about N2m. Some of these allegations were raised for a crusade to get the Speaker out of office.

“The House of Assembly is above common standard of excellence and we have to train people, and this comes at a cost. Learning is not cheap and I have never collected N80m for estacode at a go before,” he said.

Obasa made this known while appearing before the House panel of enquiry on the corruption allegations levelled against him by an online medium.

Obasa told the panel that the allegations were untrue and that they were the handiwork of his enemies.

The Speaker appeared before the nine-man fact-finding panel of the House headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency I) at the House chamber.

Obasa also denied the allegation that he spent N53m on a trip to the United States of America with his mistress.

“We were invited by the Consular General for a programme in the United States. Later, the programme was postponed, but I had gone ahead.

“I had to return home and I told others not to bother to come until the new dates,” the Speaker said.

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