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Governor Obaseki set to probe Oshiomhole’s  award of Contracts for Central Hospital

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The divergence between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his immediate predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole seem to have deteriorated as  Edo Government is poised to probe contracts for the construction of structures and supply of equipment to Benin Central Hospital, awarded by the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

It would be recalled that the hospital was formally commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari when Oshiomhole was still the governor of Edo State but has not been put to use because of lack of equipment.

Mr Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to Edo Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Benin, saying a Commission of inquiry would soon be constituted to probe the contracts.

According to Osagie, the decision to probe was necessitated by numerous calls on the government to investigate 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.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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