AD Chieftain, Alao raises alarm over alleged unlawful sale of water pipes acquired by previous govs in Oyo

A chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Oyo State, Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao on Sunday raised an alarm over unlawful sale of water pipes acquired by the previous administrations within the state.

There are allegations that some principal employees of the Oyo State Water Company together with the Company’s Chairman, Mr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju bought water pipes acquired by the administrations of Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and Late Abiola Ajimobi.

DAILY POST gathered on Sunday that some vehicles loaded with the water pipes had been just lately intercepted by officers of the Oyo State Highway Administration Company (OYTMA) in a bush.

However, Alao who contested gubernatorial election on the platform of AD in 2019, whereas reacting stated the findings have proven that some Administrators of the Company and the Chairman have been promoting the pipes which had been acquired earlier than Governor Seyi Makinde got here to energy.

Alao in an announcement made obtainable to DAILY POST by way of his media aide, Omotayo Iyanda, stated, “We came upon that a few of these steel water pipes had been procured by the previous administrations of Alhaji Lam Adesina, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi by way of the African Improvement Financial institution’s grants.

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“For the reason that 1999-2003 regime of Alhaji Lam Adesina to the tenure of Senator Ajimobi, in keeping with investigation, greater than 10,000 pipes in numerous sizes and valued at about N450, 000 every by the present value.

“Our sources knowledgeable that the thought of promoting off the pipes illegally was borne out of the truth that they’d been mendacity fallow at Asejire Water Works for therefore a few years on account of non-utilization”.

Alao whereas talking additional famous that the true unlawful sale of the pipes, resumed underneath the present chairman of the board of the company, Mr Adebayo Anthony Adepoju, working with some administrators, employees of the company and personal people.

He referred to as on Makinde to analyze and halt what he described as shady offers underneath his administration.

“The true unlawful sale of the pipes, on-going weekly, was allegedly resumed underneath the present chairman of the board of the company, Mr Adebayo Anthony Adepoju, working with some administrators, employees of the company and personal people, including {that a} specific firm was the middleman who facilitated the gross sales.

“Though a memo was stated to have been ready and handed to the governor’s workplace to authorize the sale of the pipes, the round had, nevertheless, been delayed or truncated in order to rapidly make some gross sales with out report. In reality, we came upon that the police had truly arrested a truck load of the pipes to Osogbo, the gross sales level, and the automobile and the motive force had been later launched by the police by way of the intervention of the company.

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“Our investigations reveal that this nefarious exercise is reportedly happening in different sub-stations of the company akin to Agodi-Gate Water Schemes, Pade Water Schemes except Saki and Ogbomoso Water Schemes. We hereby name on Governor Seyi Makinde to analyze and halt these shady offers underneath his administration”.

Adepoju whereas reacting to the allegations famous that the company was nonetheless investigating the allegations.

Adepoju who stated the company had put in some cameras and avenue lights on the water schemes to forestall any elimination of pipes, added that the allegation is an on-going difficulty the company is trying into.

He stated, “It’s one thing that now we have put underneath investigation. Proper now, now we have safety cameras there, now we have avenue lights there to seek out out if that story is true or not, however now we have not discovered any, however, it’s an on-going difficulty we’re trying into”.

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