From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has set up an eight-man panel for the implementation of the report and white paper on the committee for a review of the contract awarded by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Adeleke in 2022 issued an executive order, where he set up the contract review committee over the alleged contract corruption inherited from his predecessor.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, yesterday, explained that Adeleke has directed the implementation panel to enforce the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent white paper approved by the state executive council.

Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Information, Kolapo Alimi; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wole Jimi-Bada; the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Dosu Babatunde; the Commissioner for Health, Jola Akintola; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Bashiru Bello; and the Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services, Bello Sheriff, among others.

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He said the terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper, ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies, and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.

The committee is expected to commence operations immediately, by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.

Adeleke reaffirmed his commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of the state’s resources, vowing to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.

“We have a duty to secure the state’s assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee,” Adeleke said