N30b Benin Water Storm Project Saga: Group Calls For Independent Investigative Panel

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Group known aa Edo Dynasty United Worldwide (EDUW) has called on the Edo State government to set up an independent investigative panel to unravel those who allegedly embezzled the N30 billion Benin City Water Storm Project.

The group, however, commended the state governor for the bold steps to probe the project.

President of the group, Comrade Brown Osewingie made the call while reacting to the earlier statement made by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki that he would probe the project.

“He should nominate an independent body to carry out the investigation on the Benin City Storm Water Project.

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“The independent body must not appoint persons within the political party.

“They have to look for companies, have a town hall meetings, make it a public Investigation, invite all the people that they need to investigate and whoever that is culpable should be sanctioned”, he said.

Osemwengie expressed concern that the governor was part of those who midwife the project that has been abandoned and that he never criticized it while he was there and wondered why the sudden change.

“We applaud the state government for standing up to investigate the N30 billion water storm project. Some names have been called.

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” This is my concern, that water storm project was awarded while governor Godwin Obaseki was the head of the economy team.

“Let us assume that he was not in charge of the money but governor Adams Oshiomhole was, and the money that was allocated was not under his control (Obaseki) and nothing was done fine.

“While he was the governor of Edo State in the first one year in APC under the same party with Oshiomhole, how come he did not mention the water storm water project, he did not mention the corruption? Why now is he trying to call him out? He needs to answer to the people of Edo State.

“Yes, if the governor knows that it is wrong at a time and he did not say anything about it, he should tell us why he didn’t say anything about it and why he has to wait till now.

“We also applaud him for speaking up. Yes, we like that but he needs to also answer to us why he has to wait”, he said.

He further noted that the government should deal with whoever that is found culpable and that there should not be sacred cow.

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“We don’t want any witch-hunt and the independent body has to carry out their investigation publicly, call out those that are culpable, retrieve the money from them and sanction them. They should use the money to fix Edo state.

“We are not supporting anybody as much you want to accuse Oshiomhole, that N30 billion, is a lot of money, as long as you want to accuse him and we want him to account for it, we also want people that were with him that are now in PDP to be asked questions, we want transperacy in this investigation and Obaseki must not dictate who and how the investigation is conducted”, he said.

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