House of Rep deputy speaker slams Aregbesola over constituency project claim

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[Osun]–The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yusuf, has slammed the Osun State Government over the claims of facilitating,  designing and construction of Ojutu bridge along Ogbomosho road, Osun State.

This was made known during a press conference at Hon. Lasun Yusuf’s  party secretariat in Osogbo, Osun State by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Speaker on Constituency Relations, Dr. Aderemi Suleiman.

Aderemi speaking on behalf of Hon. Lasun insisted that his principal was the one who facilitate the approval of the construction of the bridge using his influence to do so sometimes December last year.

Aderemi said, “I am here to debunk the lies told by some mischievous and malicious officials of Osun State Government on the designing and construction of new Ojutu bridge along Ogbomosho road, Ilobu, Osun State.”

“We were struck by a media report, which was reported on Osun State radio and television stations on 3rd of May 2017, credited to former commissioner and recently a cabinet member nominee, Mr. Kolapo Alimi , Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Works, Engr. Nurudeen Adeagbo and a member of State House of Assembly representing Irepodun/Orolu State Constituency, Hon. Kamil Oyedele that the award of the “Ojutu bridge was facilitated by the Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and not by a Federal Lawmaker”.

“As soon as Lasun became the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the 30th November 2015, he wrote a letter (Ref: NASS/HR/DS/BNA/M5C/470), to the Hon. Minister of Works, Power and Housing, where he called the attention of the Hon. Minister to the deplorable condition of the said bridge and the need to design and construct a new bridge that could replace the existing narrow one that was about 102 years old”.

He further explained that Hon. Lasun Yussuff invited the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to Ilobu Day 2015 and  during that occasion that the Permanent Secretary (PS) passed on the bridge. The sight seen was ridiculous as the PS could not pass with his vehicle. He took the picture of the scene and presented his experience to the Hon. Minister of Works on his return to Abuja.

“The design and construction of Ojutu Bridge was included in the 2016 budget draft by Rt. Hon. Lasun Yussuff as one of the capital projects allocated to his office as Deputy Speaker. Other capital projects included in the budget were: Asphalting of Osogbo/Ilobu/Ifon/Ilajue/Oyo state border road; Construction of 150 bed-space comprehensive hospital in Osogbo and the Construction of another 150 bed-space comprehensive hospital in Ilobu among others.” he added”.

“The harmonized budget, which contained all the capital projects allocated to Lasun Yussuff as Deputy Speaker was approved and signed to law by His Excellency, President Mohammed Buhari. Thus, all the projects got force of law and remained to be executed.”

The Deputy Speaker also accused the state governor of not listing the Ojutu Bridge as one of the projects currently embarked on by the federal government in the state when the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola visited in March, 2017.

He said “The contract was awarded to Messrs Preconsmith Construction Ltd, who might have been mobilized. The site Engineer of the Company reported at the constituency Relation Office of Rt. Hon. Lasun Yussuff in Osogbo on 28th April 2017. The Constituency Relation Office is presently in charge of allocation of construction site, accommodation and boarding for all the technicians and engineers that would be involved in the project.

Dr. Aderemi also alleged that the Osun State government is celebrating mediocrity to service their dwindling images and political personalities.

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