The lawmakers in the Oyo State Assembly today disagreed to agree on issues concerning the uncompleted roads projects in the state.
The minority leader of the house, and vice chairman of the committee on Works and Transport, Hon. A.N. Alarape read the report on road projects in the state: Dualisation of Agodi/Gate/Old ife road/Alakia/Adegbayi spur to Airport, Expansion of Agodi/Gate/Idi Ape to Iwo road, Dualisation of Idi Ape/Bashorun/Akobo/Odigbo junction, Rehabilitation of Oke Adu/Mopo/Molete spur Orita Merin, Expansion, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Beere/Alekuso/Orita Merin/Ogunpa//Lebanon Street, Rehabilitation of Orita Meta/Opo/Mokola Road.
The similarities between these projects are; they were awarded by the Ajimobi-led administration towards the end of the administration, and all the projects have passed the duration for completion, but non is up to 50 percent completion.
Commenting on the report, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin lamented that the report shows the irresponsible way of governance by the past administration.
“In all these contracts and projects that are being done, non of them has gotten to 50 percent completion and something I notice about the time of awarding these contracts was that they were awarded at the time whereby the last administration couldn’t have seen the projects through. Whatever the motive behind it, we cannot tell, but what we can see in this is that it is an irresponsible way of governance. We should start thinking of polices that will safeguard taxpayers money to be spent judiciously and not irresponsibly”
Reacting to the report, The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. O.S Adedoyin stated that the performance of the contractors do not commiserate with the time given to them. He therefore called on the house to invite all the contractors for further clarification.
“Instead of us to call on Oyo State Government to release more fund for them, an holistic action should be taken against the contractors. Most of them are wasting Oyo state money, the tax payers money”
Former Principal Private Secretary to the former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and lawmaker representing Afijio State Constituency, Hon. Seyi Adisa noted that government is continual, and a government should not be reprimanded for awarding contract at any time of its tenure.
“ Government is continual. In 2011, when the last administration came in, there were uncompleted roads the administration completed. If we look at the resolution of the report, we are going to see that these are contracts between two parties, both parties have responsibilities and part to play. What we should be talking about is how to move forward, we should stop saying a government shouldn’t award contract at a certain time. It is a tenure for four years.”
In his own remarks, Hon. Akintunde Olajide representing Lagelu constituency asserted that it is high time government is ran with conscience, and value given for the tax payers money, adding that it is a thing of necessity to discuss things that happened in the past such as the issues in this report.
He however advised Hon. Seyi Adisa not to stand in defense of the last administration abnormalities, noting that it is good if the lawmakers can stand together for truth..
Deacon, Hon. Olatunde Kehinde, representing Akinyele II condemned the act of awarding several projects at once when the expenditure cannot be enough to finish just two.
He reminded the house that it is their duty to move the state forward by the actions they take concerning these projects and all other reports that come to the floor of the house.
The lawmakers however agreed that all will be done to make sure that the incomplete projects are added to the 2020 budget for the benefit of the Oyo state people.