Stop Raising False Alarm About Oyo State Water Corporation, Chairman Cautions AD Chieftain

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Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao, Alliance for Democracy Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State.

*says no record of illegal sales of pipes


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Oyo State Government on Wednesday lashed out at the Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate in the state, Engineer Hakeem Alao over his alarm of alleged illegal sales of water pipes belonging to the state government.
The Chairman of Oyo state Water Corporation, Dr Adebayo Adepoju in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan accused the AD Chieftain of raising false alarm
In the statement, Dr Adepoju stressed that there was no record of illegal sale of assets belonging to the state owned Water Corporation and that the corporation has only embarked on an inventory-taking and auditing so as to ascertain and account for all the assets of the corporation, 
“The alarm raised about illegal sale of pipes and the picture being circulated on the internet as portraying illegal sale were baseless, as the truck in the circulated picture was, indeed, that of those enlisted by the corporation to take the pipes from the swamps to another location for proper counting”, he said.
Dr Adepoju maintained that contrary to claims by Engineer Alao that the Water corporation is engaging in illegal sale of water pipes, the corporation only brought out the pipes in the scheme, which had laid fallow in the swamps, for proper counting, audit and accountability, saying, the corporation remained committed to providing potable water to residents in the state.
He emphasized that “no amount of lies or character assassination would deter the corporation from achieving the mandate of potable water for all.”saying, ‘the attention of the management and staff of the Water Corporation of Oyo State has been drawn to an online publication made by a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) on the alleged illegal sale of water pipes by the management of the Water Corporation. While the corporation refutes the claim in its entirety, it has become extremely important to make this press release to keep the public well-informed”.
Dr Adepoju stressed “a few months ago, a committee was set up to audit all the assets and take an inventory of the corporation. Its responsibility, among others, was to ascertain and account for all inventory and assets of the corporation for accountability. The said pipes had been lying in the swamp for years, so they had to be brought out for proper counting, audit and accountability. As a result of bringing out these pipes, there was an alarm that the pipes were being taken out for illegal sale. The management had earlier followed up on all information received and moved to properly secure the assets. Some of the measures put in place include the replacement of the security outfit watching the scheme, the installation of solar powered security surveillance cameras that can be viewed both on site and remotely and completion of the perimeter fencing of the scheme.”
“Late last month, the chairman alerted the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the Operation Burst to the alarm raised by some persons that some pipes were being taken out of the scheme illegally. The response from the JTF, which included the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA), was swift and they found out that the truck in the viral picture, which was seen by the men of the Operation Burst and OYRTMA, was, indeed, authorised by the corporation to lift the pipes out of the swamp to another location. 
“The truck got stuck in the mud at the location, which necessitated OYRTMA taking their heavy-duty towing vehicle to bring out the truck. This was the picture taken and being passed around as showing some people trying to illegally sell state’s assets. The alarm would have been deemed unnecessary but for the fact that the operators of the vehicle were sighted at the swamp on a weekend, which might have necessitated the wrong signals to members of the public.”
Dr Adepoju noted “the corporation took exception to the claim in the fake story by the acclaimed AD chieftain that illegal sale resumed under the administration of the current, saying the claim was ill-motivated and conceived to “assassinate his character and drag his integrity in the mud just to score a political point.”
“We would like to state here that we appreciate the vigilance of the public. The corporation is determined to provide pipe borne water to all the citizens of the state and would leave no stone unturned in achieving this goal. The government of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde prides itself on transparency and accountability.The government and the Water Corporation remain committed to reviving the water supply sector in the state, as the old pipes are being replaced at a dizzying pace across the state.”

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