The Lagos State Government through its Parastatals Monitoring Office on Tuesday, May 25, said 20 of its parastatals were affected by the EndSARS destruction in October 2020.
The Special Adviser, Parastatals Monitoring Office, Mr Afolabi Ayantayo, made this known in Ikeja, during the 2021 Ministerial Briefing in Commemoration of the Second Year in Office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Ayantayo said the state suffered huge damage to critical public property which affected it economically.
”Following the unfortunate EndSARS protest and also the attendant heavy destruction of public and private properties; the state suffered heavy damage to critical public property as well as this nearly brought the state to a standstill economically.
”The parastatals were not spared; their assets were either stolen or destroyed,” he said.
According to him, to determine the level of the damage; the office carried out an on-the-spot assessment of destroyed and stolen assets of the state’s parastatals.
The adviser who listed the parastatals also added that the report of the assessment had been forwarded to Gov. Sanwo-Olu.
”It is pertinent to mention here that 20 parastatals were affected in varying degrees, and they are as follows: Lekki Concession Company; Motor Vehicle Administration Agency; as well as State Fire Service; and also the State Public Works Corporation.
”Also, the State Material Testing Laboratory, State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority; Lagos Bus Service Ltd; Lagos Television; Internal Revenue Service; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, as well as the State Agricultural Inputs Supply Authority.
”They also include the Lagos State Multi-Door Courthouse, Citizens Mediation Centre, Ibeju-Lekki; Lagos State Resilience Office; State Printing Corporation; as well as the Drivers Institute, Oko-Afo, Badagry.
”Also affected are the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Physical Planning Authority (Ibeju Lekki/Mainland Office); Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps; as well as the Lagos State Safety Commission,” he said.
Ayantayo said that to enhance the visibility of the parastatals and government-owned companies, the office introduced the ‘Lagos Parastatals Quarterly’.
He said that ‘Lagos Parastatals Quarterly’ was a magazine produced by the PMO to publicise the activities of organised private sector, the parastatals, as well as agencies of government.
According to him, the first edition has been published and it is also already in circulation.
”The publication is to stimulate the drive for performance by the parastatals (through carefully crafted contents), and assist the monitoring duties of the PMO through cost-effective inter-parastatal communication.
”The magazine is to create and own an effective media platform that can serve the government’s purpose rather than rely wholly on independent media and give optimum exposure to the parastatals and agencies amongst its strategic stakeholders,” he said.
Ayantayo said that apart from internal circulation, the magazine would be made available to the grassroots.
He said this would be done through the local governments; market associations; CDAs and CDCs; embassies; international missions; consulates; State Chambers of Commerce and Industries; the organised private sector; media houses, among others.