Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State described as untrue, a statement credited to Ogun State’s former Finance Commissioner, Adewale Oshinowo, that his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had left a total of 18.8 billion in Ogun State’s treasury.
Sportywap had reported the immediate past Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State, Mr Adewale Oshinowo, as taking a swipe at Gov. Dapo Abiodun, over claims that his predecessor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, left behind an empty treasury in the state.
But Gov. Abiodun, while speaking through his Media Consultant, Yinka Ogundimu, said Oshinowo, was being economical with the truth when he recently spoke about the finances of the state.
He, however, did not disclose how much was in the treasury when he took over from Amosun on May 29.
Ogundimu, in his statement, said Oshinowo’s comment is an “effort to portray the new administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun in a bad light and dim the goodwill already being enjoyed by the government, based on its good governance anchored on transparency and accountability.
“It is no longer news that Governor Abiodun, upon assumption of office on May 29, embarked on a tour of structures completed and commissioned in the twilight of the administration.
“It is also no longer news that what the Governor saw in some places, especially the Ogun State’s Judiciary Complex in Abeokuta, was an eye-sore of a hurriedly completed structure whose engineers did not adhere to standards.
“He had immediately commissioned a panel of experts to investigate the cost of the complex and why the standard fell short of expectation. The report is being awaited.
“Prince Abiodun also inspected the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital and discovered that the facility in there was not only below the required standard, but the hospital also needed immediate surgery, as it were, as a result of years of neglect.
“Again, he commissioned a panel to look into the situation with a view to determining the needs and how to return the hospital to its glorious past.
“On the situation at the Tai Solarin College of Education which has grounded academic activities in the institution for a few years, the governor also raised a visitation panel onward exacting an enduring solution to the crisis.
“Likewise, the discovery that the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology that was scheduled to take off two years ago but is yet to do so, also shocked the Governor, prompting him to immediately constitute another panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the institution’s take-off delay.”
Ogundimu added, “It can only be absurd when Mr Adewale Oshinowo, a former finance secretary in the previous administration, issued a declaration on Monday describing Governor Abiodun as a ghost-chaser.”