Governor-elect Seyi Makinde blasts Oyo Govt. over alleged last-minute spending

Governor-elect Seyi Makinde blasts Oyo Govt. over alleged last-minute spending
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Oyo State Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday accused
the outgoing administration of embarking on hasty payment for
contracts and projects.
But the government described the accusation as a deliberate
ploy to heat up the polity and whip up sentiments.
In a statement by his spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade,
Makinde alleged that hush money was being ferried from
government coffers at an alarming rate since the election
result was announced.
He said credible sources within government revealed that
non-visible contracts were being used as a guise to cart away
millions of Naira from government account with the connivance
of a few civil servants.
Makinde said that while he does not want a time-wasting
holistic probe as he had promised during his campaign, he
will set a dateline upon all contracts awarded and payments
made under suspicious circumstances in the dying days of the
current administration.

According to the statement, he may be forced to open the
books if the aim is to rush money out through foul means
before May 29 and leave the state in further financial crisis.
“Cases of unscheduled recruitments and appointments
including back-dated once have also been brought before
him. Government will be fair but reverse any such move
without hesitation but with consequences on those found to
have committed infractions of the civil service guidelines.”
The statement read in part.
Makinde said that while it was true that the out-going
Governor Ajimobi wrote to banks in 2011 to stop honouring
cheques from Akala’s out-going administration, he would not
tow that line.

But he warned the govt not to exhaust his patience on an
issue that bothers on the livelihood of the people of the state.
But reacting, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and
Tourism Mr Toye Arulogun, insisted that financial transactions
have always been transparent.
Arulogun described the accusation as the latest in a series of
propaganda by the incoming governor, stressing that it was
false.

“Governor Abiola Ajimobi who will be in the saddle of the
state till the expiration of his tenure on May 28 2019 has been
running the affairs of the State including fiscal transactions in
the last eight years in a transparent manner in accordance with
good governance and best practices.
“The Oyo State Government will continue to operate in line
with its constitutional and statutory responsibilities.
“At the appropriate time, the necessary machinery will be
instituted for the outgoing and incoming administration to meet
and establish the desirable transition obligations.”

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