Amosun plans to sell the equipments
A former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has said the allegation that his administration purchased obsolete power plant equipment was totally false.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Kemi Adeosun, at the 2014 budget breakdown held at June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, on Thursday, had alleged that the Daniel administration bought obsolete power plant equipment that now had to be sold.
Mr. Daniel was the Ogun State governor from May 29, 2003 to May 28, 2011.
However, Mr. Daniel, in his reaction on Friday through his media aide, Ayo Giwa, said, “It is totally unfounded and criminal to say that the power equipments were obsolete. They were purchased from reputable manufacturers renowned for best practices in the sector. As we speak, some of the equipments are generating and have been generating power at the Governor’s office complex including the State Secretariat and the House of Assembly for an onward period of about three years (24/7 non-stop) and in some communities in the outskirts of Abeokuta precisely where Day Waterman College was located along Siun-Sagamu Road.”
Mr. Daniel also mentioned the legislators’ and commissioners’ quarters, the presidential lodge, as well as street lights within Abeokuta as some of the areas where power generated by the equipment was used.
“It is just another way of hood winking the general public and painting the immediate past administration in a bad light. If really they are outdated, good reasoning should inform them to return them to the manufacturers and get new ones and that is if they are in any way obsolete which is not true. Since the employment of the equipment to generate power, it has never failed and this could be attested to by the general public especially those living or working in the areas mentioned,” Mr. Daniel said.
The former governor said the present administration’s decision to sell the equipment left a lot to be desired.
“It is sheer waste of state resources and another attempt to undo part of the legacies of Otunba Gbenga Daniel which has been the habitual practice of the present Administration,” it said.