AD Chieftain, Alao Raises Alarm Over Alleged Illegal Sale Of Water Pipes Acquired By Past Govs in Oyo
A chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Oyo State, Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao on Sunday raised an alarm over illegal sale of water pipes acquired by the past administrations in the state.
There are allegations that some principal staff of the Oyo State Water Corporation in conjunction with the Corporation’s Chairman, Mr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju sold water pipes acquired by the administrations of Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and Late Abiola Ajimobi.
DAILY POST gathered on Sunday that some trucks loaded with the water pipes were recently intercepted by officials of the Oyo State Road Management Agency (OYTMA) in a bush.
But, Alao who contested gubernatorial election on the platform of AD in 2019, while reacting said the findings have shown that some Directors of the Corporation and the Chairman have been selling the pipes which were acquired before Governor Seyi Makinde came to power.
Alao in a statement made available to DAILY POST through his media aide, Omotayo Iyanda, said, “We found out that some of these metal water pipes were procured by the past administrations of Alhaji Lam Adesina, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi through the African Development Bank’s grants.
“Since the 1999-2003 regime of Alhaji Lam Adesina to the tenure of Senator Ajimobi, according to investigation, more than 10,000 pipes in different sizes and valued at about N450, 000 each by the current price.
“Our sources informed that the idea of selling off the pipes illegally was borne out of the fact that they had been lying fallow at Asejire Water Works for so many years due to non-utilization”.
Alao while speaking further noted that the real illegal sale of the pipes, resumed under the current chairman of the board of the corporation, Mr Adebayo Anthony Adepoju, working with some directors, staff of the corporation and private individuals.
He called on Makinde to investigate and halt what he described as shady deals under his administration.
“The real illegal sale of the pipes, on-going weekly, was allegedly resumed under the current chairman of the board of the corporation, Mr Adebayo Anthony Adepoju, working with some directors, staff of the corporation and private individuals, adding that a particular company was the intermediary who facilitated the sales.