Obaseki to probe Oshiomhole over N30bn Benin Stormwater project

... Says project was conceived to defraud Edo people

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has accused former governor of the state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of using the Benin Stormwater project to defraud the people of the state of N30 billion.

Speaking while inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project, in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Obaseki further accused the former national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of conceiving a project that was likely to fail and not benefit the people of the state.

Obaseki vowed to probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it. He said Oshiomhole’s administration had spent huge sums of money on the water storm project claiming that on completion, it will drain water from the area and restore the property of Edo people living in that area.

“You can see for yourself that the so-called stormwater project was a fraud; it was a contract to defraud Edo people. From what I can see now, the stormwater project in this catchment area was never designed to take water away from the area. The area was never drained. You can see the level of what we are doing now as compared with that of the previous administration,” he said.

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Obaseki noted, “It is almost two-meter difference. There is no way you can drain water from a low land into a higher ground. We say we have experts and paid over N30 billion for this project. The person that supervised this project today calls himself a minister supervising bigger projects for the Federal Government. This is not acceptable.”

He assured Edo people that his administration will do everything necessary to drain the area and restore life to the people, noting, “They spent N30 billion claiming that they want to take away the suffering of Edo people, de-flood the area and restore value to the people’s property. Look at what has happened now to this project for five years.”