The Edo State Government has revealed its plans to probe contracts awarded by the administration of Adams Oshiomhole for construction of structures and supply of equipment to Benin Central Hospital,.
Special Adviser to Edo Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Cruise Osage, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Benin.
According to the statement, a commission of enquiry would soon be constituted to probe the contracts. The commission would have a mandate to ascertain if details of contract terms were adhered to, especially the quality of materials used for the building.
Osage explained that the probe was necessitated by numerous calls on the government to look into the contracts in which billions of taxpayers’ money were expended on poorly executed projects under the regime of Adams Oshiomhole, past governor and incumbent APC National Chairman.
“The state government will investigate allegations of fraud and irregularities with the contract for procurement of the hospital equipment,” he said.
The aide stated that the commission would unravel why the equipment contracted were yet to be supplied and other claims made by the contractors.
He said, “the contractors who handled the building had questions to answer including the shoddy jobs done among others.”
Osagie said works were ongoing at the hospital to patch up parts of the Hospital, as parts of the poorly constructed facilities leading to collapse of the roof in some sections.
This development would likely be considered by many as yet another chapter in the continuing feud between Oshiomhole and Obaseki.
The feud which many deem a struggle to control the political structure in the state, appears not to be slowing down after the intense state assembly leadership clash.