August 23, 2019
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I will review contracts awarded by past administration – Makinde

The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has promised to review all contracts awarded after the March 9 governorship election.

A statement by Prince Dotun Oyelade on behalf of Engr. Makinde notes that contracts awarded in the past two weeks by the outgoing administration are compiled in haste and randomly awarded to allegedly empty government purse before the May 29th swearing-in date.

Engineer Makinde who said that while the government remains in place till May 28, queried alleged awarding of N30bn new set of contracts especially when debts, as old as 2011 are left unpaid.

The governor-elect said a large chunk of money was allocated as consultancy fees and design to outsiders even when the Ministry of Works and Housing has qualified engineers in the contracts of N30bn which the money has to be paid.

He said though he had promised not to probe the outgoing administration, civil servants who connive in illegal and strange contract awards would have themselves to blame in the next few weeks.

According to him, there are also alleged plans to increase the wages of tertiary institutions staff for the next two months without actually paying them before May 29 thereby, leaving the new administration to grapple with the burden.

Iyabo Adebisi

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