Governor Obaseki moves to probe Oshiomhole’s stewardship in Edo State.
After months of denials and intrigues, Governor Godwin Obaseki may have eventually made up his mind to engage the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in what promises to be a battle of the century.
The indication came to the fore yesterday when the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the current administration in Edo was commissioning a panel to investigate the billions of naira allegedly sunk into contracts relating to the state Central Hospital by the former labour leader when he held sway for eight years.
The remodeled accident and emergency ward of the medical facility, one of Oshiomhole’s legacy projects, was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The media aide said: “Actors within the government are calling on the governor to probe the contracts in which billions of taxpayers’ money were expended yet poorly executed.
“The state government will investigate allegations of fraud and irregularities with respect to the procurement of hospital equipment.”
He stated that the individuals contracted to procure the equipment would be summoned to clarify the delay in delivery of the items despite already being mobilised.
Osagie said the contractors, who handled the building, had questions to answer, including those regarding to ‘shoddy jobs.’
The spokesman went on: “Work is ongoing at the hospital, as parts of the facility were poorly constructed leading to collapse of the roof in some sections. The hospital commenced operations few weeks ago, as residents are currently enjoying free medical services, especially radio diagnostics and CT scan.
“Repair works are ongoing in some sections that were hitherto inoperable because of poor design that was not compatible with modern hospital infrastructure.”
He added that the commission of enquiry would be charged with a mandate to ascertain if details of contracts were strictly followed, particularly the quality of materials, as well as determine the extent of alleged irregularities regarding the purchase of equipment, among others.