Osun Governor Suspends Head Of Agency

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The Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has suspended the Executive Secretary of Osun Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Niyi Oginni, and the Head of the Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Adebukola Olujide.

The governor also directed an investigation of the Public Procurement Agency otherwise known as the Due Process Office to determine the extent of its culpability in the non-remittance of tender fees to the state treasury and contract manipulation in the last four years.

This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson for the governor, Olawale Rasheed, obtained in Osogbo on Saturday.

The statement further said Adeleke also directed the Public Procurement Agency and other relevant government agency to immediately begin the process to recover all outstanding tender fees on contract awards, and the Memorandum of Understanding which the state was a party in the last four years.

The statement further read in part, “The suspension of the two chief executive officers was sequel to the interim report of the Committee on Contracts and MOU chaired by Hon Niyi Owolade, which indicted the two agency chiefs of gross abuse of office, mismanagement of public resources and serial violations of agency and public service regulations and laws.

“The Committee in its recommendation had unearthed the unethical practices of the suspended heads of the OSHIA and the Primary Health Care Board as manifested in contract awards without due process, non-remittance of actual tender fee collected from contractors, contracts without value for money like the PHCs, deliberate splitting of contracts.

“The Committee further found out that the suspended OHIS boss gave contracts to the tune of several millions of naira to his daughter and his private hospital in the agency he is heading, while the acting Career Head in the Primary Health Care lied on oath when she falsely denied knowledge of all contracts of infrastructures and supplies in the PHCs, resorting to bulk-passing and blame trading.”


NP/Lateefah Ibrahim

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