Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured that his administration would not inflict unnecessary pain on citizens in the course of executing projects across the State.
Governor Abiodun gave the assurance while receiving a report from the Committee set up to review projects and contracts awarded between 2009 to 2019, in his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, pleading for understanding from those going through difficulties as a result of ongoing project in their area.
“We have been careful not to inflict pains on our people as regards all the projects we have done so far. Let me therefore appreciate our people and also plead with them to be patient with us, particularly those that have to bear some inconveniences due to uncompleted infrastructural works”, the Governor noted.
He said, work had commenced on Kuto-Oke-Mosan, Panseke-Adigbe, Owode-Ilaro, Ejirin-Ijebu-Ode roads, while some other projects abandoned by the last administration was ongoing.
Abiodun disclosed that his administration had constructed over 90 kilometres of road in the last 15 months, saying “the era where the Chief Executive would singlehandedly award contract had gone, as government must have a clear strategic allocation of resources before embarking on any project. We must be mindful of how we allocate resources, now that resources are scarce and the government want to execute projects that have direct impact on the people”.
The Governor said, Committee were to identify all outstanding significant projects in the past 10 years, determine level of execution, quality of work done and ascertain whether the process of contracts awarded were in line with due process.
Other terms of reference included; assess disbursement pattern in line with established process and procedure, recommend any viable pathways for completion of projects, as well as framework to ensure continuity between succeeding administration, with a view to entrenching accountability and responsibility in government.
While reiterating the resolve to complete all projects, Governor Abiodun thanked members of the Committee, for sparing their time and experience for the good of the State.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu disclosed that 114 contracts valued at more than
N349. 376Bn was awarded with total payment of more than N130.735Bn, while a total amount for Unpaid Certificate of Value for work done was more than N20.741Bn.
He further stated that more than
N218.380Bn was needed to complete the projects, adding that contracts awarded in terms of percentage were 88 for Works and Infrastructure, one for Agriculture, two for Health, three for Education, one for Housing, two for Commerce and Industry, while the balance was taken up by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.