OFFICE of the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs, has described as fake news reports making the rounds that the office was queried by the National Assembly over award of N26.9billion worth of contracts for COVID-19 related procurements. In a statement signed by the head of Communications, Mrs Janet McDickson, the office stated that at no time was the office queried over its budgetary allocation by the House during the budget defence or by any other agency of government over award of N26.9billion worth of contracts for procurements of COVID-19 items. “We therefore see this as fake news and a figment of the imagination of the author”. The statement read, adding that projects implementation by the Office is subject to budgetary allocations and release of funds,” the statement said. Mrs McDickson added that rather than castigating the office, the numerous achievements of the office should attract the commendations from the peddlers of fake news. “It is in common place that the sterling performance of the Office has continued to attract applause from stakeholders for some of the landmark projects executed by the Office.
“We therefore wish to state that the report of alleged queries by Members of the National Assembly is fake news, totally untrue, malicious and deliberate twisting of fact by characters that are not happy with the sterling performance of the
Office and aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and OSSAPSDGs. This is condemnable and falls below acceptable standard in journalism,” she noted.