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AYEDIRE Local Government Council Area of Osun State will continue to wallow in sprawling poverty and under-development as long as the current, chairman Muraina Adetoyese Ogungboyega is still calling the shots with his appetite for amassing wealth.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the council boss, right there in Ile – Ogbo, the headquarters of the council area, has cornered all the juicy contracts for himself through his Personal Assistant, Mr. Sulaiman Okunola.
Checks at the council revealed that millions of naira have changed hands in the process, all to the advantage of the chairman, who sees the council as a honey pot of his private estate.
According to available documents at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER, Ogungboyega was the contractor at the council before he became a chairman, a situation that made him to be more familiar with the working in the council.
The medium gathered that the Personal Assistant to the chairman has reportedly cornered some contracts running into several millions of naira on behalf of the chairman under different company names and addresses.
The Personal Assistant, Okunola was allegedly used to collect retention fee on a contract over purchasing of asphalt for tarring Idi – Epe to Gada junction in Ile – Ogbo before the time lapsed.
Findings revealed that N2.4million was retained as retention fee in the contract worth of N47.5 million, when Ogungboyega was a contractor with a company called Cabtome Nigeria Limited, situated in Abuja.
Before the six – month ultimatum scheduled for the retention fee could expire, Ogungboyega had become the council chairman and he got the money approved for himself, via his aide, Okunola on April 25, 2008; signed by one J.O. Yusuff on behalf of the chairman.
It was learnt that the approval was allegedly signed for the chairman by Yusuff in order to hood-wink unsuspecting people of Ayedire council area.
Another contract that was allegedly cornered by the chairman, through his personal aide, Okunola was the wiring of legislative house at the rate of 431,205.00, under the company name JOADEX Technical and Electrical Engineering Limited, situated at M.A.C.O House in Ibadan.
The embattled council boss got an approval for payment on the contract on 31 July, 2008 with a reference number ALG 183/T/70A, in a letter signed by B.T. Smith for the chairman.
Ogungboyega also has a question to answer on another contract over the tarring of the secretarial complex located in Ile-Ogbo at the sum of 5million.
The contract was approved on 28 April, 2008 under the company name Yekrab Nigeria Limited, Lagos in a letter signed by one Mrs. M.A. Olajide for the chairman, with a reference number ALG.680/106.
OSUN DEFENDER found out that despite the fact that different company names, dates, addresses were used as a make-belief, Okunola still remains the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the aforementioned three companies.
It was also learnt that the council chairman allegedly skipped his signature over the three contracts deliberately in order to save face in case his antics are discovered.
According to an impeccable source within the council secretariat, Ogungboyega is a paragon of abuse of office, as he is milking the sleepy council dry through phoney contracts.
Checks revealed that some groups in the council area are compiling the various dubious contracts awarded by Ogungboyega into a petition that would be sent to anti–graft agencies for action.
Speaking to OSUN DEFENDER in confidence, one of the council workers, said that the chairman would definitely have his ass smoked if his case is referred to any of the anti –graft agencies.
“Oga knows how to play pranks with council funds. May be, because he was a contractor before getting here. But, I know that he has eaten fat from the council, he awards anything including supply of stationeries to himself, he alleged.