By Joy Odigie
Indications that the political turf war between the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and his former protege, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has worsened emerged on Sunday as the State Government disclosed that it will probe contracts for the construction of structures and supply of equipment to Benin Central Hospital, awarded by Oshiomhole’s administration.
Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Cruise Osage, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Benin, saying a commission of enquiry would soon be constituted to probe the contracts.
According to the Governor’s aide, the action for 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
He said the Commission of Enquiry would have a mandate to ascertain if details of contract terms were adhered to, especially the quality of materials used for the building.
Osagie said the Commission of Enquiry would also determine the extent of irregularities regarding the purchase of equipment among others.
“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.