‘Oshiomhole Is Playing Games With The Truth About Money Spent On Projects’

‘Oshiomhole Is Playing Games With The Truth About Money Spent On Projects’

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on February 22, 2016
Adams Oshiomole, former governor, Edo State
Adams Oshiomole former governor of Edo State

An economist, Mr Osahon Igiebor, also a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain in Edo State has faulted Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s accountability over the amount spent on projects in the state.

Igiebor, a former PDP House of Representatives aspirant in the 2015 National Assembly election, queried the governor’s fiscal responsibility in the governance of the state’s resources.

Igiebor,  accused the governor of playing games with the truth in terms of money expended on projects across the state, Vanguard reports.

He said: “This can be seen when a critical look is taken at the Airport Road project where money running into billions of naira was used to dualise a road leading to a local airport that is suffering from patronage while other states like Delta State, are using similar amounts to build international airports in their states.

“What is the rationale behind building a multi-million naira wing in a Central Hospital already short of manpower and basic infrastructure to make the existing buildings in the hospital useful to the people.

“What has happened to the Stella Obasanjo hospital where the equipment that are there are either non-functional or lacks the man power to make them useful to the good people of Edo State. How many incubators can both Stella Obasanjo hospital and the Central hospital boast of collectively.”

Igiebor alleged that the state House of Assembly has failed to do their job checking the excesses of the executive arm in terms of project proposal, award of contract, implementation and execution.

He said: “This is because either the contracts are seen to be over bloated or money is used on projects that do not benefit the people in real terms either now or in the future.”

The economist suggested that the N30 billion raised from the capital market for the water storm project could have been channeled into stimulating the economy by investing the money to ventures that would resurrect a comatose economy of the state.

“This can be achieved by partnering private business interests in building an international airport that can handle long haul flights and the latest aircraft like the A380 that any other airport in Nigeria cannot handle at the moment.”

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