THE rave to a Jul 14, 2012 governorship polls in Edo State took a messier dimension during a weekend when Governor Adams Oshiomhole indicted a Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen of resorting to a written fight over projects executed by a latter.
While Oshiomhole indicted a apportion of dubious a Federal Executive Council (FEC) into awarding a N2.6 billion agreement for a non-existing highway in Uromi, a apportion pronounced a administrator was personification politics with a plan that was instituted before he (Onolememen) came into office.
The administrator done a assign when former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Policy and Strate-gy, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, rigourously decamped to a Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
But in a greeting yesterday, Onolememen pronounced he was repelled over a governor’s comments on Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian Old Road, that FEC recently awarded a agreement for a execution.
The apportion pronounced for a administrator to credit him of bootlegging a plan into a bill was a misfortune form of fabrication a arch executive of state can spread.
According to him, he approaching Oshiomhole to be happy over infrastructural growth in a state by Federal Government.
He pronounced a Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian highway exists in Esan North East Local Government Area and transverses Uromi, Ugboha and Uzea communities in Edo State.
But for Governor Oshiomhole’s open arrangement of stupidity of a Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road, carrying been administrator of a State for about 4 years now, is unpardonable and speaks volumes of a impression of his government. The Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian highway leads to Federal Technical College, Uromi, a Esan Water Works plan being executed by Federal Government in Ugboha and a Hydrocarbon vegetable deposition recently detected by supervision in Uzea.
“Contrary to Governor Oshiomhole’s fake claims that a agreement for a Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian highway was ‘smuggled’ into a Federal Government Budget by a Honourable Minister of Works, we make confidant to contend that a pronounced highway plan has been designed and introduced into a 2010 Federal Budget, and later, into a 2011 Federal Budget, prolonged before Arc Mike Onolememen was allocated Honourable Minister of Works.”
But Oshiomhole said: “The godfather and a godson cheated FEC into awarding a N2.6 billion agreement for a highway construction that does not exist in Uromi,” adding that “they will be kept where they go with a Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)”.
In a matter done accessible to The Guardian yesterday in Lagos, a apportion pronounced a Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian highway plan was not a one being executed by Federal Government in a state.
He listed a others as a reinstatement of a gully erosion disaster along Auchi-Okene Expressway (near Omega Fire Ministries by Jattu Junction) heading to Oshiomhole’s chateau in Iyamo; a correct of a erosion shop-worn apportionment of Ayogwiri-Fugar Road in Ayogwiri. Onolememen pronounced a dual projects were located in Oshiomhole’s local Etsako West Local Council.
He hinted that, following a memo he initiated, a South Ibie Road, conflicting Federal Polytechnic, Auchi also located in Oshiomhole’s Etsako West Local Council was being rubbed by a government. The apportion pronounced a plan concerned a construction of dual bridges among others.
Onolememen said: “Even when Governor Oshiomhole invariably claimed credit for a reconstruction of a Dawson-Iyaro-Uselu-Ugbowo territory of a Benin-Ore-Shagamu Highway and other ongoing sovereign projects in a state for domestic gains, we did not cruise it required to rivet him since fabrication can never flower in a state since a people are cordial and well- informed about a reconstruction programmes of a Federal Ministry of Works.”
Oshiomhole however said: “I am mouth-watering President Goodluck Jonathan to flog off a construction of that highway so he can see that it does not exist. Our President has been misled by a Minister of Works, who needs income to account an election, though this time we will not keep quiet. They have been doing it for a prolonged time.
Last year, they invited a Vice President (Namadi Sambo) to elect a H2O contract, though when a people of Uromi shouted that a agreement was fake and that they usually pumped H2O into a beyond tank, a Vice President cancelled a commissioning.”
The administrator serve purported that rather than campaigning and tell a people of a state their skeleton for a growth of a state, “the PDP leaders in Edo Central and Edo North were bustling shopping voters’ cards.”
Onolememen insisted that Oshiomhole never rehabilitated any sovereign highway in Benin City and elsewhere in a state.
“If indeed a administrator was obliged for a reconstruction of Dawson highway section, that is partial of a full reconstruction works of Benin-Ore-Shagamu Expressway, because has he not asked for claims or reinstate from Federal Government for inserted in sovereign roads like other state governors are doing?”
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