*identifies B20.7bn unpaid Certificates of Valuation
By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Engr Adekunle Mukuola Contracts and Projects Review Committee set up by the Ogun State government to review contracts and projects awarded between 2009 and 2019 on Tuesday submitted its report to the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The Committee Chairman, Engr. Mukuolu, while submitting the report disclosed that the total contracts/projects awarded during the period under review were 114 at a total cost of N349,376,256,997.76 only.
According to him, “the total payment made for the contracts/projects was N130,735,758,922.75, while the total amount for unpaid Certificates of Valuation for work done is N20,741,675,388.76.
He as well in his report gave the amount needed to complete the projects reviewed as N218,380,996,134.47″only.
Giving a total breakdown of the contracts/projects awarded, Engr. Mukuolu said, “the percentage of contracts awarded in terms of cost was 88% for works and infrastructure, one percent for agriculture, two percent for health, three percent for education, two percent for housing, two per cent for Commerce and Industry, while the balance was taken up by other Ministries, Department and Agencies.
He stated that ” the committee can confirm that based on the facts available and proven by it, there were common threads that passed through the contracts and projects reviewed.
“These have been highlighted in our report and appropriate recommendations have been made to ensure sustainable development of Ogun State”.
Receiving the report of the Committee, Governor Abiodun said, his government appreciates the importance of adequate planning towards the successful implementation of good developmental programmes for the citizens of the State, which one of it is Infrastructure.
He promised that “the era of awarding contract on the impulse of the Chief Executive Officer alone is gone. It is important that we have a clear strategic allocation of resources before embarking on any projects. And, in fact, now that the resources are limited, we have to be mindful of how we manage the funds at our disposal”.
“As a government, we want to reassure our people that we will continue to execute important projects across the State, especially the ones that have direct bearing with our people, that is the reason why the Contract/Project Review Committee was set up on Monday, 29th July, 2019, to look into all the past projects awarded between years 2009 to 2019”.
The mandate of the Committee was therefore, an integral part of our preparation for successful implementation of projects which will in-turn bring about good governance to the good people of Ogun State.
“Today’s presentation of reports of the Contract Project Review Committee, therefore, is part of our deliberate and carefully-thought out plan for our infrastructural development”.
Engr. Adekunle Makuolu, Chairman of the Committee; and all the members of the Contract/Project Review Committee for a job well-done.
“As we continued to execute on these projects, I want to assure the people of Ogun State that we will not inflict unnecessary pains on our people. We have been careful not to impose pains on our people as regards all the projects we have done so far”.