By Funmi Ojo

In pursuance of his commitment to transparency and accountability, Governor Ademola Adeleke has set up an eight-man panel for the implementation of the report and white paper on the Committee for Review of Contract awarded during the administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Governor Adeleke had in 2022 set up the contract review committee after the assumption of office through an executive order, following humongous contract corruption inherited from the previous administration.

In a statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, the new panel is charged with enforcing the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent white paper approved by the State Executive Council.

Members of the committee include Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Chief Kolapo Alimi, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Jimi Bada, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Dosu Babatunde, Commissioner for Health, Mr Jola Akintola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Bashiru Bello, and Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services, Mr Bello Sheriff.

Terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper, ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.

The committee is expected to commence operations immediately by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.

Governor Adeleke vowed to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.

“We have a duty to secure state assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee”, Governor Adeleke noted.

The inauguration of the committee comes up soon.

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