Ogun state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday advised the public against engaging in last minute transactions with the out–going administration, warning that the incoming government would review any of such transactions.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of APC in the state, Tunde Oladunjoye, it alleged Governor Ibikunle Amosun- led administration has engaged in last- minute awards of contracts, withdrawals from treasury, sales of land and illegal recruitment of Senator Amosun’s cronies into senior positions of the Ogun State Civil Service, ostensibly to tie the hands of its successor.
APC noted such reported transactions are shocking and warned members of the general public tghat such hurried deals would not necessarily be binding on the incoming administration.
The party stated: “It has come to our notice that the outgoing administration of His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is busy with last minute awards of contracts, selling and auctioning of government properties, and secret recruitments into the civil service in a way to tie the hands of the incoming Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“While we find these reported last-minute awards of contracts, withdrawals from treasury, sales of land and illegal recruitment of Senator Amosun’s cronies into senior positions of the Ogun State Civil Service, very shocking, our party wishes to warn the members of the general public that such hurried transactions would not necessarily be binding on the incoming administration.
“We urge Ogun State’s top senior civil servants not to be part of the desperate moves of the departing Governor to undermine socio-economic stability of our State, by engaging in, condoning or being part of any act that breaches or constitute a flagrant abuse of laid-down rules, regulations and due process.
“It is our belief that an administration with less than two months to handover, should, by now, be preparing its handover notes for a smooth transition instead of digging pits for the incoming government.
“May we also reiterate here that all loans, overdraft and financial obligations that do not follow due process, including the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly, would not be honoured. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”
On Friday, the state government approved the appointment of Professor Akinwale Coker, a professor of Civil Engineering as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the newly established Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), Abeokuta as part of measures for its take off.
The university was established in accordance with Section 8 of the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology Law, 2017.
The government also approved the constitution of a Governing Council for the institution with Mr. Oye Hassan Odukale as Pro Chancellor/Chairman.
Other members of the Council are Mrs. Bunmi Oke, Prof. John Oluranti Olajide, Chief Wale Taiwo SAN, Mr. Oladeji Oluwadiya, Bldr. Dapo Adesega, Arc. Ibukun Sonola, Ms. Amina Oyagbola and Engr. Segun Adeleye.
The tenure of the Council Chairman and members shall be four years in the first instance while that of the Vice-Chancellor shall be a single term of five years, according to a release by the Secretary to the state government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa.
Our correspondent contacted Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Rotimi Durojaiye, via the social media for reactions but there was no response yet from him as at the time of filing the report.
Credit: The Nation