ABEOKUTA – Ogun state government has declined correspondence forwarded to it by the Labour Party (LP) which seeking explanation on how the fourth tranche of the Paris Fund received was disbursed.

The state government outrightly refused to accept LP’s letter, dated 12th October, 2018 and addressed to the state Commissioner for Finance, Olawale Osinowo which was sent to it by a courier company.

NEWS FLAGSHIP reliably gathered that, the Ogun State chapter of LP had in the letter, demanded to know the debt profile of the state under the Freedom of Information Act.

The rejected letter by the Commissioner for finance from the courier company

In the letter, copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Abeokuta, LP demanded for detailed disbursement of the Paris Club fund to include “bank statement in respect of Pension and Gratuities of names and address of all beneficiaries, Cooperative deductions due to Ogun State workers, leave bonuses due to Ogun State workers, promotion arrears benefits due to Ogun State workers”.

The letter, signed by Comrades Abayomi Arabambi and Akinyemi Oluseyi Jackson; state chairman and secretary respectively, LP premises it request “in pursuant of all the relevant sections of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 as amended”.

Similarly, the Party also wrote to the state ministry of education requesting for full information on the construction of the 26 model schools in the State.

The Party in a letter addressed to the Commissioner for Education and signed by its State Chairman and Secretary copy of which was made available to our Correspondent requested for the total cost with variations of the 26 model schools.

The letter of enquiry sent to Ministry of education

It would be recalled that in a move designed to change the landscape of education in the state, the Ogun State government about Six years ago commenced the construction of 26 state-of-the-art model schools in all the State constituencies.

Nearly all the 26 Schools said to have cost more than N50billion for its construction have been taken over by overgrown weeds and reptiles and destitute.

But Labour Party in its letter dated 12th October 2018 requested for the total cost of the construction with variations, the number of the Schools under construction, the number completed and names of the Contractors handling each of the Construction.

Other requests of the Party include information on Particulars of the Directors of each of the contracting firm, the amount paid so far to each of the Contractors, the balance due to each of the Contractors and the amount each model School were awarded.

The Party said it hinged its request “in pursuant to all relevant sections of the Freedom of Information act 2011and as a stakeholder in the State.

All efforts by our correspondents to get the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology , Mrs Modupe Mujota was unsuccessful, but it was confirmed that the Party sent the letter through a courier service to the Ministry with a proof of delivery.

The Party in a letter addressed to the Hon Commissioner for Education and signed by its State Chairman, Comrade Arabambi Abayomi Olufemi and the Secretary, Comrade Akinyemi Oluseyi Jackson, copy of which was made available to our Correspondent requested for the total cost with variations of the 26 model schools.

It could be recalled that in a move designed to change the landscape of education in the state, the Ogun State government about Six years ago commenced the construction of 26 state-of-the-art model schools in all the State constituencies.

Nearly all the 26 Schools said to have cost more than N50billion for its construction have been taken over by overgrown weeds and reptiles and destitute.

But Labour Party in its letter dated 12th October 2018 requested for the total cost of the construction with variations, the number of the Schools under construction, the number completed and names of the Contractors handling each of the Construction.

Other requests of the Party include information on Particulars of the Directors of each of the contracting firm, the amount paid so far to each of the Contractors, the balance due to each of the Contractors and the amount each model School were awarded.

All efforts by our correspondents to get the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology , Mrs Modupe Mujota and its finance counterpart was unsuccessful, but it was confirmed that the Party sent the letter through a courier service to the Ministry with a proof of delivery.

Meanwhile, when asked to react on behalf of the state government, the state Commissioner for Information and strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye kept mum as he failed to acknowledge nor comment on the message sent to him on the matter.


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