The Edo State Government, led by Governor Godwin Obaseki, has said that it will probe contracts for construction of structures and supply of equipment to the Benin Central Hospital, awarded by the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.
Special Adviser to the Edo Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Cruise Osage, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday, in Benin, saying that a Commission of Inquiry will 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, the past Governor of the State and incumbent All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman.
He revealed that 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.
Osagie stated that the Commission will 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 will 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.”