The projects and contracts review Committee set up by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has revealed that between 2015 and May 2019, the immediate past administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi awarded no fewer than 484 projects out of which 350 were completed, 88 ongoing, while six have been abandoned.
The Committee, led by the Mr Adedamola Falade-Fatila, made the disclosure while presenting the Committee findings, alongside four other committees set up by the Governor, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The other committees that presented their reports include the Investigative Panel on Ibarapa and Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Committee on dismissed/retired workers during the last administration (2011-2019), Committee on waste and refuse management in Ibadan land, Committee on workout plan on Ibadan Central Abattoir and Taskforce on review of operations at Bola Ige International market (Gbagi).
The Falade-Fatila Committee added that 60 of the executed contracts had outstanding payments from the immediate past administration.
Return to service
However, findings of the Committee on dismissed/retired workers might bring back smiles to the faces of some of the affected workers, as the Governor, while receiving the report, assured that some of the 1,803 workers wrongfully dismissed or compulsorily retired by the immediate past administration would return to service within the next four weeks.
Governor Makinde, in giving the assurance, explained that his resolve to implement recommendations of the committee was to ensure that innocent civil and public servants were not wrongfully dismissed or retired.
He said, “The recommendations would be implemented right away, some in the medium and long term. I believe it’s better to allow 100 guilty persons to pass through than to punish one innocent individual.”
The Governor affirmed that, “We will look at the recommendations immediately. If you ask us to bring some back, we will bring them back almost immediately. The time-frame for the implementation of these recommendations will not be more than four weeks.”
Presenting the report, Head of the Committee on dismissed/retired workers, Mr David Olatunde noted that the Committee received 1,803 appeals out of which 1,325 were those alleged to have fake results while others were found culpable of misconduct under general Civil Service Administration rules.
He noted that while there were clear cases of miscarriage of administrative justice against some civil and public servants between 2011 and 2019, some of the officers dismissed or compulsorily retired actually walked the path of misconduct that deserved consequences.
Olatunde disclosed that the recommendations stipulated those who could be reabsorbed, those who were wrongfully dismissed and those whose dismissal was in order.
The former Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration had under series of workforce restructuring exercises dismissed workers for possession of fake academic certificates, among other offences.
Meanwhile, the Task Force set up by the State government on the review of operations at the Bola Ige International Market, Gbagi, has recommended that the market should have an annex.
Head of the Task Force, Mr J. O. Oyewole, in his presentation of recommendations to Governor Makinde, suggested that the annex of the market should be sited on the Ibadan-Eruwa road, hinging the site proposal on its proximity to the Lagos-Ibadan rail.
Makinde also received the report of the Committee on waste and refuse management in Ibadan, headed by the State Head of Service, Mrs Ololade Agboola, in which the cooperation of all environment stakeholders, as being central to achieving a clean environment, was recommended.
Commenting on the various Committee submissions, Makinde assured that all recommendations would be considered for implementation in the short, medium or long term, adding that, “one thing certain is we have hard decisions to take and I assure you that we would take those hard decisions. You will see the impact of the work done soon.”