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Oyetola’s Silence On N48bn Projects Refund Hypocritical, Says Group

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

A group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, The Progressive Minded Forum, has described the silence of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on the refund for Federal Government roads constructed by Rauf Aregbesola as shameful and hypocritical.

The group in a statement issued on Monday and signed by the Coordinator, Sunday Oriowo, said the silence of the state government on the refund is not only hypocritical but irresponsive and irresponsible of a government claiming to be transparent and prudent on finances.

The group stated that it is morally wrong for Oyetola and his cabinet members not to disclose the refund on the projects done by Aregbesola when they are casting the previous administration on the controversial debt profile of the state.

It will be recalled that the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the state, Mr Sikiru Ayedun, had last Thursday accused the state government of receiving N48billion refund for the roads constructed by Aregbesola from the Federal Government.

The statement reads in parts: “Instead of the misleading notion that all Aregbesola left for the Oyetola’s administration is debt, a fair and sincere person with conscience would have come out to state that the former governor also left assets that have so far yielded N11.9 billion (according to the Finance Commissioner) or N13billion (according to the Works and Transport Commissioner) on roads alone.

“We are sure that there are other billions of naira that the Oyetola’s administration would have collected as refund for some of the Aregbesola’s interventions in health, agriculture, education etc.

“As a matter of fact, we know that the much talked about the rehabilitation of Primary Health Centres in the state was part of the assets left behind by Aregbesola.

‘It is a known fact that Aregbesola’s administration won the $20million Save One Million Lives (SOMIL), a World Bank Project, at the tale end of his administration in 2018.

“The fund is currently being used by Oyetola administration to rehabilitate Primary Health Centres and presenting it as a major achievement without giving credit to Aregbesola.

“We challenge the state government to make full disclosure of amounts it has received on the projects done by Aregbesola in roads, health and other sectors.

“It is obvious that the Oyetola administration is reaping the profits of the Aregbesola’s projects and programmes, but does not have the courage to disclose it because of the politics of hatred and pull-him-down being played against his benefactor.

“It is shocking that the state government received such amount of money and decided to keep quiet – it is shameful and hypocritical.

“The forced admission of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration that it had received a sum of N11.9 billion refund for the Federal Roads constructed by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola when he was the governor of the state was very embarrassing to the government and the good people of the state of Osun.”

 

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