A member of the team that collated the reports on the maintenance of mega-schools in Osun, Engr. Mrs. CB Olajide has accused the government of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of deliberately allowing the schools to deteriorate in order to blackmail the former Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
In a letter purportedly written to the Governor where she accused the governor of causing her embarrassment, Olajide, who was then a Senior Special Assistant to Aregbesola said it was true she was a member of the team that visited and collated reports on the schools three years ago with a view to determining needed maintenance.
She wrote, “Suffice to say that all the facilities have been in use for some years, one can only expect some wear and tear to have occurred to the buildings since the schools are meant for school children.”
Alleging embarrassment by what she called viral publication bordering on poor quality of the constructions under the Aregbesola administration, Olajide said as the Chief of Staff under the former governor, Oyetola played not a nominal role in the supervision of the projects.
She queried why the current governor would then be part of an attempt to denigrate the efforts to give Osun people legacy infrastructure.
“Also note that the current Governor, who was then Chief of Staff, was deeply involved in the process of appointing the Facility Managers and the Mega Schools project from the beginning to the end. It was a mere coincidence that I happened to be a member of the team that collated the situation report on the state of affairs of the Mega Schools about three years ago and was never appointed as a Consultant to the State Government.”
She said as one of the Facility Managers that was issued a letter of intent (not letter of award of contract as claimed) we all held a meeting where a decision was made to present our grievances and displeasure at the treatment meted to us concerning our 9 months nonpayment of money due to us since we needed to pay our staff and purchase sundry materials for the maintenance of the schools. She said the delay in payments made it impossible to provide the necessary maintenance needed in the schools which caused the continuous deterioration of the structures.
She added, “It is common knowledge that any building left without regular maintenance and in continuous usage will experience deterioration.
It was thereafter decided that we should put up a comprehensive report on the state of affairs of all the facilities with a view to looking at all the issues holistically, hence the report we submitted to the Government.
She explained that in the course of site assessments, the team’s report needed to capture all defects discovered in all the facilities for immediate action to be taken in order to forestall any further deterioration of the structures.
“The report was to be used to correct all the neglect the schools had experienced in his first nine months as Governor which led to the sorry state of the schools. Therefore, the report should be viewed purely and primarily as a professional assessment of the situation as at that time and to highlight the required remedial measures to keep them in mint conditions.
“Little did I know that it was going to be twisted to achieve mischievous myopic political agenda detrimental to the people of the state of Osun.”
Engr. Olajide said if the recommendations made by the report were immediately implemented in 2019, the state and the people of Osun would have been better for it.
She lamented that rather, the Governor and his team have opted to play politics with the 2019 reports.