Ajimobi must account for how he spent recovered N500m looted fund – Group


A Non-Governmental Organisation, Change Agent Movement has challenged the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to make public how he expended the alleged N500m loot recovered from an ex-governor of the state through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Organisation explained that this is borne out of the fact that the projects the governor claimed to have spent the money on had been abandoned for over six months.

More so, the Organisation in its statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Abolaji Adeosun and Malik Adehun wondered why the model schools the governor claimed to have spent the money on was abandoned at the foundation level.

According to the statement, “Prior to the 2015 elections, there were allegations and counter allegations between Governor Ajimobi and the ex-governor. The Governor claimed that the state had recovered N500m loots from EFCC which the state government was using to construct six model schools.

“The model school projects started last year and it had since been abandoned at the foundation level. We wonder if it was rock that was used as the foundation for it to have cost the government N500m. After the foundation of the project which was given to a single contractor, nothing has been done so far.

“The contractor had abandoned the site for months now. We challenge Governor Ajimobi to explain to the good people of the state how he spent the N500m. We are in a change era and our leaders must account for what they are doing.

“It will come as a surprise to some people that the governor left the shores of this country on Friday for Dubai where he has been directing the affairs of the state. This is coming after the governor spent over 20 days outside the country last month and later claimed to have engaged three nameless cum invincible investors who he said had agreed to come to Oyo State.

“We call on political, religious and community leaders especially the Ibadan Elders to guide the governor with their advice and suggestions so that the electorates will not regret the second term mandate given to Gov. Ajimobi. The people are already lamenting allowing the governor to break the second term jinx.

“The lull in the state is affecting everybody. The first term governors have started working likewise many second term governors but the situation is different in Oyo State as the governor is busy globe trotting in the name of looking for imaginary investors.

“While all the governors owing their workers are busy finding immediate solution to the salary issue, Governor Ajimobi has extended his to end of October without considering the fact that the federal government wanted immediate solution to the financial predicament of the workers through the bailout funds.

“We therefore, call on the governor to immediately retrace his steps by doing the needful because time waits for no man. Oyo state people should not regret reposing their confidence in Gov. Ajimobi through his second term which is the first, a rare feat that should be appreciated with continued development.

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