Committee to Abiodun: Ogun Needs Over N218bn To Complete Contracts Awarded By Amosun, Other - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Committee to Abiodun: Ogun Needs Over N218bn To Complete Contracts Awarded By Amosun, Other


                             •Gov Abiodun

The Ogun State Committee for Review of Contracts/Projects Awarded for years 2009 - 2019  has submitted its report.

The Committee disclosed that it would require a whopping sum of N218, 380,996,134.47K to complete the uncompleted contracts/projects awarded by Senator Ibikunle Amosun -led Government and his immediate predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

The Contract/Project Review Committee was set up on 29th July, 2019.

The bulk of the contracts were alleged to have been awarded by Amosun's Government, which governed the Gateway State from May 29, 2011 to May 28, 2019.

The Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, while submitting the report to Governor Dapo Abiodun at Oke Mosan Governor's Office, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, said 114 projects were reviewed while the total cost was put at N349, 376, 256, 997.76K.

The reports were received by the Deputy Governor, Engr.  Noimot Salako - Oyedele on behalf of Abiodun, who attended the ceremony via virtual media platform.

Mokuolu who is the immediate past President of the Nigeria Society of Engineers(NSE), said  the amount paid for the contracts was N130,735,758,922.75k while the total amount for unpaid Certificates of Valuation(CV) for work done stood at N20,741,675,388.76K.

According to him, all the terms of reference were thoroughly addressed with technical and professional diagnostic methodology followed while state's statues, policies, and documents used in executing the assignment were also referenced in the Committee's report.

Mokuolu noted that there were common threads that passed through the contracts and projects reviewed, saying they have been highlighted in their report and appropriate recommendations to ensure sustainable development of the state.

But asked to give insight into the recommendations of the Committee or issues highlighted in the report, the Chairman said reporters could use the FOI Act  to access such information from the state government.

And responding, Governor Abiodun commended the Committee for the job and said the era of awarding contract on the impulse of the Governor alone was gone for good.

"Let me say that the era of awarding contract on the impulse of the Chief Executive Officer alone is gone. It is important that we have a clear strategic allocation of resources before embarking on any projects. 

"And, in fact, now that the resources are limited, we have to be mindful of how we manage the funds at our disposal. As a government, we want to reassure our people that we will continue to execute important projects across the State, especially the ones that have direct bearing with our people. 

"And, that is the reason why the Contract/Project Review Committee was set up on Monday, 29th July, 2019, to look into all the past projects awarded between years 2009 to 2019. The mandate of the Committee was therefore, an integral part of our preparation for successful implementation of projects which will in-turn bring about good governance to the good people of Ogun State," Abiodun said.

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