Facts have emerged on how the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Bureau of Computer Technology and Information Services at the Osun State secretariat, Mr. Abiodun Oladapo allegedly duped a computer expert to the tune of N.5million.
OSUN DEFENDER investigations revealed that after the expert, a cousin of the former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr. Samuel Araoye, an American-based businessman presented a proposal to computerise the state civil service, he was directed by the former governor to the PS to formalise the proposal.
The proposal, according to sources, was an innovation of connecting seven computer monitors to one central processing unit (CPU), thereby minimizing cost of having to buy multiple systems.
It was gathered that Oladapo did not open any official file for the proposal, even when he insisted that a test project should be carried out at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, which the innovator did efficiently.
The medium gathered that Oladapo intentionally excluded the professional fee belonging to Araoye on the promise that he would be paid his entire fee after a proper contract might have been awarded to him.
Findings revealed that the cash used for the execution of the pilot project was paid by the ministry without issuing any official document to that effect, as Araoye was only directed to the accountant to collect cash sums of about N500,000 for the project.
After completion of the project, he was asked to be patient, as government was proposing to extend the project to all other Ministries and public secondary schools in the state and when the paper is ready he would be called to handle the details.
Speaking with the medium, the innovator, Araoye disclosed that he was surprised to discover that the PS attempted to sell his project to another person, who would settle him and treat him (Araoye) like an office assistant.
He added that his refusal to cooperate with the PS led to his decision to frustrate the proposal he submitted in 2007.
According to him, “I was not conversant with the system in Nigeria since I was from the Diaspora. This was the reason I could not know that no official file was created for the proposal and the pilot project up till its completion.
He disclosed further that the PS wanted to steal the project on the expiration of his appointment, believing that Oyinlola would still be in power to conduct the 2011 governorship election in the state.
It was gathered that Oladapo was angered when he learnt that the matter was reported to one of the Oyinlolas and warned Araoye to stop calling him, claiming that they had both agreed to sell the proposal to someone who would be able to execute it with his own money.
When the project owner approached the Truth and Reconciliatory Committee set up by Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to enforce his rights, the PS quickly arranged the transfer of the accountant to another ministry to cover his track in the matter.
The same PS was recently indicted in a N2.5billion fraud by a committee set up by the state government to investigate how the bureau misappropriated funds meant for contracts to impact positively on people’s lives.
Checks further showed that only staffers from the Ministry of Local Government were trained in computer literacy, using the pilot project designed by Araoye, while the project meant for other ministries never saw the light of the day.
Since 2008, when the pilot project was completed, the designer and executor of the project was still being owed, as the PS had vowed to ensure he loses out for daring to go public with the matter.
All efforts to get Mr Oladapo for his own version proved futile as his mobile phone kept ringing without any response.