By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday also saved the state of N463Million by reconditioning thirty broken down and unserviceable vehicles instead of buying new ones.
Akeredolu, who inherited a lean purse, engaged the services of an automobile company, Logical Ideas Limited, to recondition serviceable and unserviceable vehicles in all ministries, extra-ministerial departments and agencies.
While handling over the vehicles, the chairman of the company, Mr. Oluwole Okunnuga, said the state government saved N463million on the thirty reconditioned cars.
He said the government spent N65million only on the 30 Toyota vehicles, adding that the same number would have cost a whooping sum of N528million if new ones were purchased.
Okunnuga explained that each of the reconditioned vehicles cost an average of less than N3million, saving the state from acquiring the lowest cost brand new of N15Million.
He stressed that the vehicles, though not brand new, are better than fairly used ones and have a warranty of two years on the replaced brand new engines.
In his goodwill message, the state Commissioner for finance, Mr. Wale Akinterinwa, described the reconditioning of the Vehicles as cost-effective and a reflection of a transformational leadership.
In his address, Governor Akeredolu said his decision to refurbish all government vehicles was taken due to paucity of funds and cost effectiveness, considering the skyrocketed and outrageous cost of procuring brand new vehicles.
The governor said the company was engaged to carry out a total overhauling of 284 vehicles in phases, adding that the move would save the state government a huge amount of money that otherwise would have been spent on new vehicles.
He said: “The vehicles we are receiving today is a clear evidence of prudent and logical decision at this time when there is paucity of fund in the state in particular and Nigeria in general
“It is first of its kind in the history of this state and it is in tandem with our electioneering campaign to think a new and act a new.”
The governor, who called for the cultivation of maintenance culture among the users of the vehicle, stressed that there will be reward for any driver who handles the vehicle attached to him very well while those who do otherwise will be sanctioned.
ONDO APC HAILS AKEREDOLU OVER VEHICLES REFURBISHMENT
The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State has expressed happiness with the efforts of the State Government for exploring ways to reduce wastage in governance.
A statement by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Alex Kalejaye said, “The array of cars, refurbished with warranty, and commissioned are products of ingenuity.
“The current administration inherited a state that was hugely indebted. The usual practice of placing orders for new vehicles would have further plunged the State deeper into debt.”
The chapter is specifically appreciative of the mass refurbishment of government vehicles that had been abandoned by previous administrations.
Kalejaye said, “the uncommon initiative, with which the State has been able to recondition and bring alive more vehicles, and save so much money that could be expended on other sectors clamouring for attention”.
APC urged drivers and other users of the vehicles to share the view of the governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, by ensuring good maintenance attitude.
The State chapter appealed to the governor to apply the savings culture in other departments of government to further enhance efficiency to the benefit of all.
Kalejaye said the economic reality in the country “compels the necessity for governments at all levels to look inward and make the best of what is available.”
The party opined that other state governments should cultivate the culture of renewing items and working tools that could still be put to productive uses.