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Alleged Squandering Of 4.6b On Parks: We Didn't Spend A Kobo, Osun Govt Replies PDP

Osun state government has denied the allegations that it wasted a whooping sum of N4.6b on four trailer parks saying it was "false and unfounded accusation against the noble person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola."

The major opposition party in the state,  People's Democratic Party has accused Governor Aregbesola of squanderring the state financies on the trailer parks.

But the state government, in a statement issued on Thursday by Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state argued "that no kobo of the state was spent on the proposed trailer parks."

The statement accused PDP of wrongly informing members of the public that Governor Aregbesola awarded a N4.6bn trailer parks that was not executed.

It stated, "to set the record straight, the state government wishes to state that no kobo of the state was spent on the proposed trailer parks, the government had no financial commitment to the execution of the contract, and it had been terminated for a very long time.

"The contract was awarded on concession to Safeway Track Solution Limited in 2011, following the proposal it presented to the State Government. The concession agreement was signed on 30th November, 2012. The concession agreement was that the company was going to be fully responsible for the project financing; therefore, the government had no any financial commitment to the project. And all necessary facilities would be provided by the company in each of the parks that were to be built in Osogbo-Ikirun road, Osogbo-Iwo road, Osogbo-Ilesa Road and Osogbo-Akoda road.

"According to the concession agreement, the concessionaire (Safeway Track Solution Limited) would build, operate and transfer the facilities to the state government after 25 years. Before the transfer, the state government was to have 30 per cent of the total profit earned while the concessionaire was to have 70 per cent.

"The only commitment of the state government to the planned park was the provision of Land which was provided to the Safeway Track Solution Limited by the Ministry of Works. The total cost of the contract was N4.6bn, including the value of the provided land which was N320 million.

"It is on record that the contractor worked for sometimes before challenges set in, which prevented further work on the project sites. Base on the inability on the failure of the concessionaire, the government terminated the contract. That is the facts of the contract.

"The PDP had been known for mischief, frivolous allegation and deceit. The party has failed in its deliberate attempt to misconstrue the concession agreement of the planned trailer parks. The PDP knows the fact, but yet went ahead to be telling cheap lies. It amounts to irresponsibility and outright absence of conscience for the PDP to be misinforming the general public. This is not how to do opposition; it is simply a dubious character.

"The administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been transparent and prudent on contract award of contract and the governance issues. He has been able to manage the meager resources of the state for unprecedented and surprising development of the state. It is worthy of note that Osun did not witness any meaningful development when the PDP government that got huge amount of money was managing the affairs of the state. We urge the PDP to stop this campaign of calumny and fruitless effort to smear Aregbesola’s good image.

"No matter how devilish they could be, the people of Osun have chosen to continue to supporting the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Aregbesola’s administration. The PDP should for once live a truthful life."

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