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Oyo Assembly to probe LAUTECH contractors

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday inaugurated a special committee to investigate the award of contracts various projects at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.

The contractors, after several invitations, have reportedly failed to appear before the lawmakers.

The special committee which is to be headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Musa Abdulwasi was empowered to issue warrant of arrest on any of the contractors who fail to appear before it.

Inaugurating the committee, the Speaker, Mr Michael Adeyemo, noted that the committee mandate covers both LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso and its outreach in Oyo town with a timeline of one month to report back to the House.

According to Adeyemo, “The contractors were invited on five different occasions but have refused to honour the invitations of the this honourable house.

“The contractors collected a huge sum of money but little work was done and their attitude towards the completion of the work is not encouraging.

“With this special committee, if there was any need to issue a warrant of arrest on the contractors handling the project the committee should subsequently make a recommendation.”

The decision to probe followed discussion on a report submitted by the House Committee on Health which was earlier mandated to carry out the same task but whose invitation to the contractors handling the installation of equipment in the hospitals, Swiss Biostadt and Fast Track Technologies were never honoured.

The House noted that its aim is to give the contractors the opportunity to explain why the orojects have remained uncompleted since 2010.

 

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