· Counts Federal Projects For Achievement •Drug Company, Airport Turn Still Birth
Like a pack of cards, all the projects claimed to have been executed by the six years old of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration have fallen apart, as investigations have revealed the usurpation of federal projects by the state, with the aim of pulling the wool on the eyes of the people of Osun State.
OSUN DEFENDER’S investigative team, who went round the projects of Oyinlola, found our that the well-worded billboards with illustrating pictures of monumental achievements of the administration, could but help in projecting tissues of lies, meant to feed the unsuspecting members of the public.
While some members of the opposition believe that the governor’s catalogues of achievements are mere propaganda, some political scientists, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER, submitted that the action of the state governor is an insult on the collective psyche of the people.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the establishment of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega station and Central Bank, currently situated in Osogbo, Osun State capital has no imput of the governor contrary to his claim, as the NNPC had already designed a blueprint to establish a mega station in all state capitals across the federation, so as to neutralize the cultist power of independent markets that were creating artificial scarcity of fuel to exploit members of the public.
Information also has it that it is in the Central Bank rule to establish a branch in each of the states of the federation; the same rule that permits the bank to establish a Currency centre; while work is still in progress on the establishment of a branch.
Meanwhile, the state chief executive has been boasting around that he was the one who facilitated the establishment of the two federal projects as part of his achievements.
OSUN DEFENDER’s searchlight has also exposed the attendant fraud that has characterized the Osogbo-Gbongan federal road, which was undertaken by the state government.
It was learnt that the state has allegedly tasked the contractor handling the road to overvalue the cost of construction, with a view to getting more funds from the Federal Government for the dual purpose of the getting the job done and lining certain private pockets.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the state government actually facilitated the contractor to mobilize to the site, but when the Federal Government reimbursed the state, the private interest, according to a source, took the largest chunk of the money; forcing the contractor to reportedly settle for substandard materials.
Investigation has shown that the road, which period of comletion was initially billed for nine months has become a still born in its fourth year; worst still, the Osun River bridge, which ought to precede the construction of the road project seems to have become a nightmare; while the already tarred surface along Gbongan Osogbo road has started developing terrible potholes; a situation that suggests that its thickness and texture are questionable.
Another area that has become a test-case for fraud is the Ido-Osun Airport, which has become a mantra on the list of Oyinlola’s achievements.
Our reporter, who visited the much publicized airport found out that the project started and ended up on the lips of the governor, as the road leading to the airport has remained a complete eyesore; while the airfield, which has some empty newly-renovated structures is in a very bushy environment.
Besides, the establishment of a drug manufacturing company in the state has enjoyed three consecutive mentions for three budget years with uniform vote, without a success.
It was learnt that the company’s operation was billed to take off in one year, but for five years running, the project is still in the offing; a situation that suggests that millions of naira had gone down the drain.
However, the recent announcement of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that the administration headquarters of the Ulli and Georgina Beier Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding be located in Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, has clearly shown that the governor’s politics has robbed off the prized investment of the centre.
It was learnt that the state helmsman, via his military and political relationship, technically supported the antics of the former president, who was desperate to get his controversial library an international recognition for the location of the controversial centre.
OSUN DEFENDER’s findings further revealed that the government has invested huge public funds on the project, only for the Obasanjo Presidential Library to reap where it did not sow.