Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday said his government would immediately start implementation of the recommendations of the investigative panel’s constituted on his administration’s assumption of office.
Makinde said this when he received the reports of the seven panels of inquiry/committees inaugurated shortly after assumption of office to look into some activities of the past administration in the state between 2017 and 2019.
The governor promised that his administration would not set up another committee on the reports, ”but will begin implementation of the recommendations immediately.”
He added that the implementation of some of the reports would be ”in short, medium and long term, adding ‘’and within four weeks from the presentation of the reports, the implementation will commence.”
Makinde also said his administration would not hesitate to re-absorb workers that were found to have been wrongly dismissed from the civil and public service of the state, in accordance with the recommendations of the committee.
On the recommendation of the committee on review of operations at Bola Ige International Market, Gbagi, that an annex of the market should be built along the Ibadan-Eruwa road, Makinde said the recommendation fits well into his administration’s vision.
According to him, whatever the state needs to spend on infrastructure will have to target its economy.
Nigeria News Agency reports one the committees looked into the cases of 1,803 sacked civil servants by the past administration.
Others were on the management crisis in two tertiary institutions – Ibarapa Polytechnic Eruwa and Oke-Ogun Polytechnic Saki; and on contracts and projects initiated in the state between 2017 and 2019.
Some of the other committees included on review of operations at Bola Ige International Market, Gbagi; waste and refuse management in Ibadan and one on the Ibadan Central abattoir.
Presenting his report, Mr David Olatunde, Chairman of the Committee on the review of workers that were allegedly wrongly dismissed or retired from service by the previous administration, said that a total of 1,803 were either dismissed or compulsorily retired.
He stated that 1,325 among the affected workers had issues bordering on fake results, while some of the remaining 478 had issues with lack of respect for civil service rules.
The chairman said that majority of the affected workers actually deserved the punishment because they committed some infractions against civil service rules.
He however said the findings of the committee indicated that the past administration did not follow due process in penalising many of the concerned workers.
Also, Mr Adedamola Falade-Fatila, chairman of the committee that reviewed the contracts and projects awarded between 2017 and May 2019, said that a total of 484 projects were initiated out of which 350 have been completed.
He said that 60 out of the completed projects still have outstanding payments owed the contractors.
”88 of these projects are still ongoing, about six of them have been totally abandoned and 35 have not been funded at all,” the chairman said. (NAN)
Edited by Bayo Sekoni