Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has mandated the Projects and Contract Assessment committee to investigates the administrations of his predecessors, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Governor Abiodun who gave the directive while inaugurating the committee in his office at Oke-mosan, asked the committee to beam its searchlight on the projects and contracts awarded by his predecessors between 2009 and 2019.
Former governor Gbenga Daniel ruled the State between May 2003 and May 2011, while the immediate past governor Ibikunle Amosun was on the mantle of leadership in the State between May 2011 and May 2019.
While setting up the committee, governor Abiodun had earlier limited the review of projects and contracts to the twilight of the Amosun administration, but the terms of reference has now been extended to the last ten years of the last two administrations.
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His predecessors set up similar committees, with the immediate past governor Amosun employing the service of an audit firm to investigates the finances of the State during the Daniel administration.
Former governor Gbenga Daniel is presently defending case of corruption before Ogun State High court sitting in Abeokuta in a case instituted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The deputy governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele before inauguration, had hinted of the intention of the present administration to review contracts awarded by the Amosun administration.
Governor Abiodun hinged the decision on the need to establish the actual prices of the projects and contracts ‘for the record and prosperity purpose.’
The governor further explained that he set up the committee to ascertain what needs to be done now, how it should be done, what has been done, how it was done, what remains to be done and how it should be done, adding that the approach would compliment each other “as one does not build something on nothing”.
It is not however clear whether the government will facilitate and press criminal charges against former governor Amosun if the report of the committee found him wanting in the award of contracts and execution of projects during his eight years rule.
Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun has promised to adhere STRICTLY to the public procurement law as a way of promoting transparency and accountability of his administration.
The governor who made this promise while inaugurating the projects and contract assessment committee, pledge to also ensure equitable contract principles and procedures.
He explained that as a trustee of the Commonwealth of the people, his government owe it a duty to account for every money received and spent on behalf of the people.
The implications of the promise of governor Abiodun to adhere STRICTLY to public procurement practice will see the government complying with the Federal and State Public Procurement Laws.
In addition, Governor Abiodun by this statement is promising to ensure that the people of Ogun State will be avail the opportunity of knowing the contract figures of projects and making the procedure for choosing contractors transparent and open.
Nigeria Meter will monitor whether the government is guided by section 24 of the Public Procurement Act (2007) enacted by the National Assembly: This procedure include:
1. Selection of a method of procurement
2. Preparation of the relevant procurement documents.
3. Pre-qualification of bidders.
4. Submission/receipt of tenders
5. Evaluation of tenders
6. Comparison of tenders
7. Recommendation of the winning bid
8. Certification of the procurement action.
9. Award of contract.
By this, it is therefore expected that the governor Dapo Abiodun administration will facilitate functioning of the Ogun State Public Procurement Bureau or Agency and adopt Open Contracting in the award and execution of projects.
According to the Ogun State Public Procurement Law, 2014, the processes include; confirmation of budget support for the planned procurement; compliance with the approved thresholds; compliance with the established procurement policies; engagement of contractors with the appropriate requirements.
Nigeria Meter has set measuring meter to monitor the manifestation of this promise and will continue to monitor its fulfillment in a bid to promoting transparency, accountability and good governance.
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OGUN GOVT TO INSTITUTIONALIZE CULTURE OF CONTINUITY
The Ogun State government says it will institutionalize the culture of continuity in governance so that polices on programs that benefit the people will not end with the tenure of an administration.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who stated this at the inauguration of Projects and Contract Assessment Committee in his office, at Oke Mosan, said that there were many inherited contracts and projects scattered across the state, whose actual contract prices needed to be established for the record and prosperity purpose.
He said that his administration was irrevocably committed towards ensuring a viable Public Private Partnership in its infrastructural development plan, by providing an excellent model of prudent financial management anchored on openness, integrity and discipline to convince private partners about the sincerity and the ability of his administration to manage scarce resources.
“We are irrevocably committed to a viable Public Private Partnership in an infrastructural development plan, these means that our private partners must be convinced of our sincerity and ability for a prudent management of resources, we need an exemplary model of prudent financial management anchored on openness, integrity, discipline and to demonstrate that on our side, we are interested in quality private investment,” he said.
He said his administration would adhere strictly to public procurement practice and equitable contract principles and procedures, adding that as a trustee of the Commonwealth of the people, his government owe it a duty to account for every money received and spent on behalf of the people.
Prince Abiodun also disclosed that the purpose of the committee was to ascertain what needs to be done now, how it should be done, what has been done, how it was done, what remains to be done and how it should be done, adding that the approach would compliment each other “as one does not build something on nothing”.
Abiodun further stated that his administration was not unaware of comments in some quarters that his administration was only focused on setting up and inauguration of committees, adding that his administration was committed to ensuring that whatever was done, was done well.
The committee has the chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE) Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, as Chairman, Arc Akinlabi Oluyemi, Kayode Dipeolu, Adekunle Oyefeso, Arc. Finni Opayemi, Hon. John Obafemi, Adebayo Fari, Remi Osiberu, Ade Akinsanya, Jamiu Akande Omoniyi and Dipeolu Kehinde, while the director, Planning Research and Statistics,Ministry of Works, Engr. Sunday Adeyemi would serve as secretary,
The terms of reference of the committee include: identifying all outstanding significant constructional project in the state in the past ten years,starting from 2009 – 2019, ascertaining whether or not there was budgeting provision for the projects in the budget estimates for the year under review and ascertaining the processes of award of contracts in line with the established procedures and necessary regulations.
Other terms include, determining the level of executions and quality of output of the projects, accessing the disbursement pattern in line with established process and procedure, recommending any viable pathways for the completion of project, or in alternative, determine other actions including, but not limited to reversal or cancelation of the contract that best align with the intent of the state government and also to advise government appropriately on such other matters considered necessary by the committee on these projects.
In his response, the chairman of the committee,who is also the chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, said the committee the was a pragmatic step in the culture of accountability, adding that the committee would come up with a blue print that would help government in actualizing its set goal.
He said that as professionals, the committee members would use their wealth of experience to ensure that their task was well discharged, adding that the people should expect a report that would ensure that engineering infrastructure was deployed into the state.