IN a bid to cover its ineptitude, the Area Administrator of Ife East Area office in Modakeke, Osun State, Alhaji Rasaq Atitebi has commissioned a fish pond project which was said to have been renovated instead of construction of a road project which was supposed to be constructed at the area office, which he claimed cost N2.5 million, OSUN DEFENDER investigation had revealed.
The investigation further revealed that the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair, who also doubles as the chairman of committee set up by the state government to monitor road construction projects in the state, visited the Area Office so as to inspect the Alapata road construction, which is one of the roads approved by the Osun State government.
It was also learnt that the Alapata road, which the visiting commissioner had gone to inspect though had been abandoned and not much had been done before the contractor abandoned the road project.
OSUN DEFENDER, also revealed that during the visit of the commissioner, he and the Area Officer visited the abandoned road project, where he expressed his dismay at the level of the work done so far, after which the Area Administrator led him to the fish pond situated close to the area office secretariat.
It was also revealed that Atitebi told the visiting commissioner that he constructed the fish-pond, as part of his efforts to provide food for the people of Modakeke.
OSUN DEFENDER’s investigation also revealed that the fish pond was also renovated during the tenure of Mr. Ade Adegbite, former administrator of the area office which Atitebi also claimed to have constructed with N2.5 million.
It was also revealed, to OSUN DEFENDER in Modakeke that the administrator had been using projects in the local government as a conduit pipe to siphon money from the treasury of the Area Office.
It was learnt that the administrator used the opportunity of the commissioner’s visit to placate the state government over his squandering of allocations meant for developing the ancient town including repairs of the Alapata road.
Sources close to the Area Office disclosed that Atitebi is so reckless in spending public funds to the extent that he (Area Administrator) has incurred multi-million debt for incoming administration in the Area Office.
By SOLA JACOBS