By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”IMMEDIATE past Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, OSOPADEC, Chief Adewale Omojuwa, yesterday denied the allegation of awarding frivolous contracts to fictitious firms.
Speaking with newsmen, Omojuwa said contrary to the claim of his successor, Mr. Debo Ajimuda, the commission was not indebted to the tune of N13.8 billion as at February 2010 that the Dr Olusegun Agagu administration left office.
According to him, the law that established the commission did not empower it to award any contract that the value was above N750, 000, noting that the contracts were awarded by the State Tenders Board and approved by the State Executive Council.
The new chairman, Prince Ajimuda had alleged that frivolous contracts were awarded to contractors that could not be traced, while the commission was also turned to conduit pipe to siphon money into private accounts when Omojuwa was chairman.
But Omojuwa in his reaction said, â€œit was common knowledge that Dr. Agaguâ€™s government was a government of due process, government under Agagu established a procedure for projects award and implementation which was applicable to OSOPADEC.”
According to him, â€œall the contracts awarded while he was in office satisfied the conditions set by the then state government which did not give room for shady deals.”
Omojuwa threatened to institute a legal action against Ajimuda. The former chairman challenged him to tell the whole world the particulars of the contracts awarded to fictitious contractors.
The former chairman said there was no time he claimed to have left N46 billion in the coffers of the commission, saying OSOPADEC had a credit balance of N1.2 billion by the time he left office in February 2010.