Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has threatened to probe Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the minister of state for budget and national planning, Mr. Clem Agba over the execution of the N30 billion Benin stormwater project. Obaseki made the vow to probe Oshiomhole and Agba while inspecting the project in Benin on Monday.
The governor spoke while inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project, which was designed to channel flood away from the heart of Benin City.
He said, “You can see for yourself that the so-called stormwater project was a fraud; it was a contract to defraud Edo people. From what I can see now, the stormwater project in this catchment area was never designed to take water away from the area. The area was never drained. You can see the level of what we are doing now as compared to that of the previous administration.
“It is almost a two-meter difference. There is no way you can drain water from a low land into a higher ground. We say we have experts and paid over N30 billion for this project. The person that supervised this project today calls himself a minister supervising bigger projects for the Federal Government. This is not acceptable.”
Alleging that the previous administration mismanaged the project and deceived the people with the project, Obaseki vowed to probe Oshiomhole and Agba who according to him supervised the project.
“They spent N30 billion claiming that they want to take away the suffering of Edo people, de-flood the area and restore value to the people’s property. Look at what has happened now to this project for five years?
“With what we have done now with less amount of money, we are going to finally drain this area and bring back life to the people in this catchment area. I don’t like probing but this time, we have to set up a panel to get the facts of what happened. We can’t throw away such a huge amount of money. People must be made to account for their time in service in government.
“They have to explain to us how they spent the N30 billion on a project they claim will drain water from a community. But the project drains the water to nowhere. They have the boldness to claim that we abandoned the project which was never made or designed to work in the first place.
“Clearly, we will take the necessary precaution to recover all the money due to Edo people that was stolen through this project.”