IN line with the non-challant and bare-faced corruption posture of the current administration in Osun State, findings have revealed how the Oyinlola-led government has concluded plans to award the contract for construction of six stadia across the six zones in the state to a construction outfit reportedly owned by a relation of the state’s governor’s wife, Princess Omolola Oyinlola.
Reliable information made available to OSUN DEFENDER revealed the decision to build the stadia by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as contained in this year’s budget, was not borne of his administration’s love for sports or development of the benefiting areas but self-serving purposes.
The medium gathered from authoritative sources that going by the administration’s antecedent in the last six years, the sports’ ministry has been starved of necessary funds for better performances at various competitions at national levels.
Therefore, the sudden decision to build the stadia raises few eye-brows with speculations in several quarters as to the motives behind the administration’s change of attitude to sports development in the state.
According to impeccable sources, the contract was reportedly awarded to one Majekodunmi & Associates believed to be owned by one of Princess Oyinlola’s siblings.
The governor’s wife happens to be nee Majekodunmi, the source added.
Awarding the stadia construction to his in-law was found not to have been the first time the embattled governor would award juicy contracts to members of his extended family or using them as fronts to corner contracts.
A case in mind, the source added, happens to be the importation of various brands of Chinese cars into the state, through which the state’s fund has been siphoned into private pockets, as a close relation of the governor continues to act as a front for the state’s helmsman.
It would be recalled that Governor Oyinlola had included in his 2009 budget his administration’s plan to construct six stadia to be sited in each of the six zonal headquarters across the state billed to cost #5 billion.
In his reaction to the stadia construction, a financial analyst and political observer, Dr. Johnson Atitebi regarded the state government’s plan as sheer misplaced of priorities as, according to him, millions abound in the state that could not afford three-square meals a day while the state government is busy perfecting plans to bleed the state dry through reckless spending on projects that have little or no bearing on the people’s welfare.
He further admonished the Oyinlola administration to stop playing politics with projects but face serious business of governance without minding whose ox is gored, reminding him that posterity would not forgive him should he continue to embark on policies that are meant to serve the interest of few of his partymen.
By SOLA JACOBS