Oyinlola, Ex-perm Sec Indicted Over N2.5bn Scam In Osun ICT Bureau•Govt To Hand Them Over To EFCC

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The Government of the state of Osun has held the ousted Governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the former Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Computer Service and Information Technology, under him, Mr. Abiodun Oladapo responsible for the alleged N2.5 billion fraud discovered in the bureau  under the ousted administration.
The duo are expected to be reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation and prosecution where necessary over their roles in the alleged scam between 2005 and March 2011.
Briefing journalists after the 20th Osun State Executive Council meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere said that in the report of the investigating team set up, of which a White Paper has been presented to the council, it was discovered that the Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, which was supposed to have been in place and in surplus in line with the contract said to have been awarded were nowhere to be found.
The commissioner revealed that a project, which cost N558 million and was supposed to have been awarded to only one contractor, was split into 76 uncoordinated transactions, while a sum of N441 million has been paid out on the project with 76 vouchers, despite the fact that there was nothing on ground to justify the payment.
He said: “Also in the report were series of overpayment for inflated prices which were given to a contracting firm, named MMS. Instead of making internet bandwidth to the company that handled the project, which is Sky Vision directly based on the advertised rate of the company’s website, Mr Oladapo paid inflated prices, resulting in over payment of N16.8 million to MMS, which was said to have been acting as agent for Sky Vision. The same company was also credited with N5,296,725 overpayment for two consecutive years on the Panda Antivirus Project.
“It was also discovered that unauthorized borrowing of N3,334,000 was found in the report and it was a fund borrowed for unauthorized projects”, he added.
In line with the findings on the overpayment, Oladapo has been compelled to make a refund of N30,727,450 to government coffer.
Besides, for the period under review, the commissioner noted that it was discovered that a total of N853,243,185.70 was said to have been expended on direct labour jobs, which were executed under the former Permanent Secretary without indices for monitoring, revealing that most of the jobs were neither receipted for nor recorded as being received.
In the procurement of Blade Server also handled by the same bureau, Akere revealed that the procurement was contracted to a company named Options Technology Nigeria Limited at a sum of N20,877,048 in January 2006, but the same project was re-awarded to another company, Mssrs AFOBAD International Company Ltd in March 2007 for the sum of N39,183,133.62.
He noted that on the duplicity of the contract on which double execution was not found, Oladapo has been compelled to refund the sums of N20,877,048 to the coffers of the government.
Akere noted that the duo of Oyinlola and Oladapo are also to be held responsible for the failure of the local government e-port  ICT projects, which was one of the contracts reportedly handled by the bureau.
According to him, several companies including MMS, Artech Ventures Ltd, Worldwide Computers and Brian Integrated System were reportedly found to have been used during the period under review to siphon government funds through the bureau.
The four companies, according to the commissioner, were awarded a substantial part of the N853 million spent in the bureau, adding that the companies were involved in the splitting of N441 million, which was done through 76 vouchers.
As a result, the companies have been blacklisted by the government of the state of Osun and they are subsequently to be reported to the EFCC. However, the Bureau, according to him, has been merged with the Ministry of Education, which would now have four directorates, controlled by a Special Adviser to the governor.
The directorates, according to him, are Directorate of Finance and Administration, the Directorate of System Development Implementation and Web Maintenance and the Directorate of ICT Support Services and Training.

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