A civil society group, Edo Transparency Initiative, on Monday urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to carry out his threat to probe the multi-billion naira Benin storm water master plan project conceived by his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The coordinator of the group, Felix Osahon, in a statement, asked Obaseki’s government to quickly institute the probe and make sure it makes the findings public so that Edo people would know the truth of the matter.
Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and former Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities in the state, Prince Clem Agba, had during his courtesy call on the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, last Thursday said the purported abandonment of the project was partly responsible for recent floodings in some parts of the state capital and appealed to the royal father to request the state government to continue with the project.
The storm water master plan was conceived to combat the menace of flooding in Benin City.
But Obaseki, through his Special Adviser on Media and Public Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, had threatened to probe former Governor Oshiomhole and Prince Agba in connection with the project.
The ETU, in the statement said, “Edo people would take the opportunity of the probe to know who is deceiving them as far as the Benin storm water master plan is concerned.
“We know that the project was jointly handled by two ministries: Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities and Ministry of Works; and, not less than five commissioners were appointed into these ministries throughout the eight years of Comrade Adam Oshiomhole as governor.
“Those who served as commissioners in the two ministries, apart from Agba, included the present Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie and the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Barrister Anselm Ojezua.”