PANELS ALLEGE AJIMOBI OWED 60 CONTRACTORS, ABANDONED SIX PROJECTS, UNFUNDED 35
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State yesterday received reports from seven committees set up to look into the cases of 1,803 sacked civil servants by the past administration, management crisis in two tertiary institutions, contracts and projects awarded in the state between 2017 and 2019.
The chairmen of the panels and committees presented their reports to Makinde at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, Ibadan.
One of the reports presented by the Contract Review Committee, chaired by Adedamola Falade-Fatila, alleged that the immediate-past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, owed 60 contractors, abandoned six projects, did not fund 35 projects and completed 350 projects in the 484 contracts and projects that his administration was reported to have awarded between 2017 and May 2019.
Makinde, who said he would reinstate some wrongly dismissed workers among the 1,803, pointed out that 100 sinners could be allowed to go scot-free instead of punishing one innocent soul.
While the task force on review of operations at Bola Ige International Market (Gbagi), Ibadan, recommended that an annex should be built along Ibadan-Eruwa Road, to optimise the opportunities of the standard gauge rail line being constructed by the Federal Government that passes through Ologuneru in Ibadan, committee on dismissed/retired workers headed by Mr. David Olatunde, said a total of 1,803 were either dismissed or compulsorily retired by the last administration.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday held a public hearing on the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency Bill, 2019 proposed by Makinde.
Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Finance and Appropriation, Kehinde Olatunde, while speaking with journalists after the public hearing, said the establishment of the anti-graft agency became necessary and that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) were overburdened with too many cases.
However, Makinde has expressed his readiness to have an open engagement with labour leaders in the state without a political basis over the minimum wage.
He stated this while receiving members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.
The governor said if minimum wage would be effective in the state, there must be productivity from workers.