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Ogun State Government To Institutionalize Culture Of Continuity, Inaugurates Committee To Actualize This..

Dapo Abiodun with Committee members.

The Ogun State government has said that she will institutionalize the culture of continuity in the governance of the state so that polices or programs that benefit the people will not end with the tenure of an administration.

Speaking during the inauguration of Projects and Contract Assessment Committee, the Governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said that there were many inherited contracts and projects scattered across the state, whose actual contract prices needed to be established for the records and that his administration is irrevocably committed to 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.

He said: "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" and my administration would adhere strictly to public  procurement practice and equitable contract principles and procedures, and as a trustee of the Commonwealth of the people,  my government owe it a duty to account for every money we receive and spent on behalf of the people”.

Dapo 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 complement each other "as one does not build something on nothing".

The committee has the President of the 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,

According to information reaching us, 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.

Others 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”.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, said the committee is 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 goals.

He said that as professionals, the committee members would use their wealth of experiences 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.

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