Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has debunked the insinuation that he inflated the cost of contracts in the state and insisted that the roads he constructed were cost effective.
Speaking during a nightlong interactive session tagged ‘Ogbeni Till Day Break’, live on television; Aregbesola said those that were accusing him of inflating road construction contracts were not fair to him.
While responding to questions, the governor made frantic efforts to clear the air on the accusation that he inflated the cost of road construction.
His words: “We are not inflating costs of projects in Osun as speculated by some people. We are prudent in the way we finance the roads we constructed. We constructed our roads at reasonable costs.”
“We cannot specifically give the cost at which we constructed roads per kilometer because certain portions of the roads required special treatment. The structures of our roads are very superb and we cannot give the cost per kilometer.
“Check the cost of road construction in other states and compare it with the cost at which we are constructing roads in Osun. The roads we are constructing in Osun are the best and we built them at reasonable”
“Those that are accusing me of inflating contracts are not fair to me. As a governor of this state in the last six years, I don’t have a house in my hometown and I don’t spend money on women and other frivolities. I don’t eat too much and that is why I’m lean. As you can see, I’m not sick and yet I’m very lean. How many governors are lean like me. That tells you that I’m not stealing money.”
The governor used the event to give a stewardship account of his administration and maintained that no government had performed like him since the creation of the state.
Source: Daily Trust