By Dayo Johnson
DESPITE the denial of the N117b debt left by the immediate past administration in Ondo State, indication emerged yesterday that the state government is to set up a commission of inquiry to further unravel the financial transactions allegedly perpetrated by the Dr Olusegun Agagu six years administration.
This is coming as the former Finance Commissioner in the State, Chief Tayo Alasoadura described the state wide broadcast by Governor Olusegun Mimiko as â€œan excuse not to perform in the next four years”.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko had during his state wide broadcast on the position of the finances of the state hinted that his administration would dig deeper into the illegal financial transactions and recover the state funds wherever they are trapped.
Alasoadura said in Akure, â€œWe listened to the broadcast and what we decipher was that Dr Mimiko is not prepared to govern, he is only interested in politics, grandstanding and to rabble rouseâ€.
One of the governorâ€™s aides said in Akure that the state government would in the next few days inaugurate a commission of enquiry that would further expose the â€œfinancial mess the last administration perpetrated under the guise of developing the state.â€
Our source added that the former governor was only hiding under a finger and that the governors broadcast was â€œonly a tip of the iceberg and when other details are exposed the people of the state would realize the enormity of the fraud perpetrated by the last administration.
â€œThey know that we would unearth their financial impropriety that is why they wanted to stampede the governor to disclose the position of the finances of the state.
â€œBut the governor is wise enough to know the act of governance and would not rush into giving information that can be faulted.
It would be recalled that on assumption of Dr Agagu as the governor of the state in 2003, he instituted a panel of enquiry which probed the late Chief Adebayo Adefarati who was indicted when it submitted its report.
However, defending his boss, the former Finance Commissioner Chief Alasoadura said the people of the state should commend Dr Agagu for his achievement in the six years he governed the state and should read between the lines the politics of blackmail by the present administration.
Alasoadura said â€œwe have discovered that Dr Mimiko government has nothing in stock for this state and he has said it in the broadcast that the problem he met cannot be resolved in ten years.
â€œHe has told the people of the state that there is debt that would not allow him to do anything in the next four years and that the state is so indebted that they should not expect anything from him.
â€œHis broadcast also shows that he is saying that Dr Agagu had awarded all the contracts that needed to be awarded and that he is now handicapped. Is that a serious government?
â€œHow can a government freeze the account of a state for six months and he wants the state to move forward. I am not surprised at all. We know that this governor has no focus and vision for this state.