The Ogun 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.
The General Manager of the agency, Sesan Asenuga, had 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 on Saturday and presided over by the Chairman, Mr Abeeb Ajayi.
A copy of the board resolutions addressed to the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Mr Oludaisi Elemide, and made available to newsmen indicated that urgent meetings would 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 would also visit all parks and garages in the state to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols as directed by Gov. Dapo Abiodun.
He noted that the agency was an autonomous body according to the law establishing it, saying that the agency would be guided by its functions, responsibilities and powers as provided for in the Law.
“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.”
“All recent contract(s), negotiation(s), understanding(s), agreement(s), Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed or executed by (PAGADA) with any Agent(s), Agencies, Entities, on the collection of revenue(s) on truck(s) and other heavy vehicle(s) operating in any parks, garages, or tolls is hereby revoked.
“The Ogun Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) Law has clearly taken care of the interest of all local governments in the state in its operations through adequate representation of the local government councils in Board of the (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 the 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.
According to the chairman, the board has Gov. 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.