REJOINDER TO SPECIAL REPORT: 2 Weeks Before End of Buhari’s Tenure, Special Assistant Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire Paid a Restaurant N147.1m to Build Classrooms in Lagos. A Lot Was Amiss

The attention of The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) has been drawn to a misleading report by an online medium with the above heading.

The office wouldn’t have dignified the piece with a reply, but for the innocent readers who might not actually understand the crux of the matter, there is a need to set the records straight.

This is to state clearly that the reports carried a distorted account of the procedure and shows the ignorance of the writer on how things operate in Government institutions.

We wish to state categorically that the information contained in the said publication are inacurate and very likely a deliberate attempt to misrepresent the issues with the intent to embarrass the Office of the senior special assistant to the president,as there was no *Issue of Fraud or abuse of process* on the said project.

OSSAP-SDGs categorically refutes the allegations and
has been transparent on this project of the construction of a Skills Acquisition Centre and a block of classrooms in Ajeromi, Lagos State & many of such projects.

According to records provided by the company during the bid process, the company in question is duly registered with valid incorporation and tax documents with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

The allegation of it being a mere restaurant is equally from the figment of the imagination of the author, as the TIN of the company will expose if such anomaly exists

The project was executed by a team of professionals with the necessary qualifications and expertise in construction and engineering. The structures were built in accordance with specifications and industry standards, as confirmed by photographic evidence and GPS coordinates provided.

The decision to relocate the project from its original site in Ajeromi was necessitated by the insufficient space at the original location, to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Contrary to the claims in the report, the project was executed as specified, and the block of classrooms and skills acquisition centre were completed and commissioned for use.

Photographic evidence with GPS coordinates are available to substantiate this fact.

In conclusion, we assert that the report is marred by inaccuracies,as
the award of the contract followed due process and was not arbitrary.

For transparency& accountability, the
OSSAP-SDGs is prepared to provide necessary documents or evidence to support our position. We also welcome further inquiries and investigations to address any lingering doubts.

Desmond Utomwen
Media Assistant to SSAP-SDGs
+234 906 676 2789

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