An aspirant for the Ondo state governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Tunji Abayomi, has described Lagos civil servants as the most corrupt in the world, according to a report by the Daily Independent.
Abayomi reportedly said Lagos state has the potential to develop like Dubai but that corruption was stunting this bid.
He was qouted as describing the Lagos state civil service as the most corrupt civil service in the world.
According to him, the governance in the state must be reformed just like it should also be done in the entire south-west zone.
Abayomi said he once forced some officials of a ministry in the Lagos state civil service to return the sum of N4 million which they illegally collected from a poor union in the state.
The report quoted him as saying: “I think it (south-west) needs to be more diversified and accommodating to diverse opinion. The same people that are there remained there and continued there.
“It is not expanding to accommodate new thoughts. Because of that, it is not advancing.
“The other issue is, the party needs to do a lot more in terms of meeting the needs of the people. There is a need for reformation of government in the South West. It follows the same old pattern”.
“Even in Lagos here, Lagos state civil service is one of the most corrupt civil service in the world.
“Only recently, I had to force a ministry in the civil service of Lagos state to return N4m which they took illegally from a poor union for no just cause.
“I made some officials of the ministry return the money. They are so corrupt. How long are we going to continue in this corruptive path?”
At the time of this report, the Lagos state government was yet to respond to the allegation by the human rights lawyer.