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Ogun agency revokes contracts on revenue collection in parks, garages

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The Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) has revoked all recent contracts and memoranda of understanding on the collection of revenues on trucks and other heavy vehicles operating in parks, garages and tolls across the state.

General Manager of the agency, Sesan Asenuga, has also been directed not to enter into any agreement or negotiation with any entity whatsoever without the written consent and approval of the PAGADA Board.

These were part of the resolutions reached at the meeting of Board members of the agency held in Abeokuta and presided over by the Chairman, Hon. Abeeb Ajayi. 

A copy of the board resolutions addressed to the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Hon. Oludaisi Elemide, and made available to reporters yesterday indicated that urgent meetings will be held with relevant security agencies towards assessing the security situation in all the parks and garages in the state. 

Ajayi declared that the Board will also visit all parks and garages in the state to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols as directed by Governor Dapo Abiodun. 

Noting that the agency is an autonomous body according to the law establishing it, the Board Chairman stressed that the agency "shall be guided by its functions, responsibilities and powers as provided for in the Law." 

He said the Board resolved that "the General Manager should not enter into any agreement, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), contract(s), negotiation(s) or direction(s) with any Ministry, Agency, Companies, Firm(s), Agent(s), person(s) and or entities whatsoever without the written consent and approval of the Board."

Ajayi also stated that "all recent contract(s), negotiation(s), understanding(s), agreement(s), Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed or executed by Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) with any Agent(s), Agencies, Entities, Company(s), Person(s) and or Organization(s) on the collection of revenue(s) on truck(s) and other heavy vehicle(s) operating in any parks, garages, or tolls in Ogun State is hereby revoked."

He added: "The Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) Law has clearly taken care of the interest of all Local Governments in Ogun State in its operations through adequate representation of the Local Government Councils in Board of the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA).

"That the Board should urgently hold meetings and interactions with the security agencies on the security situation in all the parks and garages in Ogun State.

"The Board observed that the General Manager who is also the Secretary of the Board has not been attending Board Meetings nor effecting Board resolutions and such attitudes should henceforth be stopped while the General Manager is enjoined to live up to his responsibilities in the Agency."

These resolutions came barely two months after the agency read the riot act and warned those issuing unauthorised tickets as well as traders engaging in sales of illicit drugs in various motor parks in the state to desist or face the wrath of the law. 

According to the chairman, the board has Governor Abiodun's mandate to carry out necessary reforms and ensure compliance to safety, security and environmental regulations in parks and garages across the state. 

Ajayi pointed out that efficiency and quality service delivery remained the watchword of the agency in the discharge of its duties.