OSHIOMHOLE AND OBASEKI: BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER!

Page 25, Vanguard Newspaper, Wednesday May 27, 2020

By: Chris Nehikhare.

Chris Nehikhare
State Publicity Secretary, PDP Edo State Chapter.
The men Troubling Edo State.

INTRODUCTION
The recent report presented by Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital has opened up a fresh debate on the face of corruption within the All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State.
The properly constituted panel headed by Justice James Oyomire (rtd), while presenting the report to Governor Godwin Obaseki at Government House, Benin on May 14, 2020 specifically indicted the Adams Oshiomhole administration of breaching the extant procurement laws by paying more than 25% as mobilization fees to the contractor. As Justice Oyomire said “the immediate past administration paid 75 percent of the contract sum upfront for the project to Vamed Engineering.”
This revelation has indeed confirmed what we in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had for long repeatedly said about the hospital contract which became a drain for public resources into private pockets.
It is remarkable that what we had over the years alleged, at least, for six years has now been confirmed by the judicial panel.It is a demonstration of the fact that the PDP would not and did not play politics with this matter.
The PDP has been consistent that the hospital project contract was awarded under surreptitious circumstances and the disbursement of the money was made against extant regulations.
While we have been consistent on our side, the APC depending on which side you are on has been playing fiddles with the people’s treasury and hospital.
We would not for now dwell on the fact that had the Oshiomhole/Obaseki regimes not played politics and games with the hospital that the hospital would as well have today been a centre of excellence especially during these COVID-19 era.

INTRODUCTION
The recent report presented by Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital has opened up a fresh debate on the face of corruption within the All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State.
The properly constituted panel headed by Justice James Oyomire (rtd), while presenting the report to Governor Godwin Obaseki at Government House, Benin on May 14, 2020 specifically indicted the Adams Oshiomhole administration of breaching the extant procurement laws by paying more than 25% as mobilization fees to the contractor. As Justice Oyomire said “the immediate past administration paid 75 percent of the contract sum upfront for the project to Vamed Engineering.”
This revelation has indeed confirmed what we in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had for long repeatedly said about the hospital contract which became a drain for public resources into private pockets.
It is remarkable that what we had over the years alleged, at least, for six years has now been confirmed by the judicial panel.It is a demonstration of the fact that the PDP would not and did not play politics with this matter.
The PDP has been consistent that the hospital project contract was awarded under surreptitious circumstances and the disbursement of the money was made against extant regulations.
While we have been consistent on our side, the APC depending on which side you are on has been playing fiddles with the people’s treasury and hospital.
We would not for now dwell on the fact that had the Oshiomhole/Obaseki regimes not played politics and games with the hospital that the hospital would as well have today been a centre of excellence especially during these COVID-19 era.

Abandoned Central Hospital, Benin city, Edo State.

We welcome Obaseki’s present posture for accountability but he should also address many other issues of extra-budgetary expenditure by his predecessor.
For the people of Edo State, that does not negate the simple fact that the Edo APC led government is still paying debts incurred by Adam Oshiomhole.
Edo APC government is fantastically corrupt and too arrogant to apologize to Edo people for their inept, crisis prone and scandalous administration of our beloved state.
However, the issues raised were not limited to the Five-Star Hospital as we dare Governor Obaseki to also constitute judicial panels unto the following:

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN EDO STATE UNIVERSITY WITH STATE FUNDS WITHOUT APPROPRIATION
Governor Oshiomhole embarked on reckless spending of meagre state resources in the University of Science and Technology (now Edo University, Iyamho) without appropriation.
On 23rd December 2015, just seven days to the end of the 2015 financial year, the state government awarded contract to the tune of a whopping sum of N12,282,852,413.69 (Twelve Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Sixty Nine Kobo) to a construction company (name withheld) for the construction of a teaching hospital in the university. N3,070,713,103.42 (Three Billion, Seventy Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, One Hundred and Three Naira Forty Two Kobo) was immediately approved by the governor for the contractor.
On the same day, the Governor approved an additional sum of N1,228,285,241.36 (One Billion Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty One Naira Thirty Six Kobo) to be paid to the contractor.Total sum approved by the Governor came to N4,298,998,344.78 (Four Billion Two Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Four Naira, Seventy Eight Kobo).
We challenge Governor Obaseki to probe the fact that all the payments were made from state coffers though there was no appropriation for the expenditure in the 2015 Appropriation Law or in the supplementary appropriation for that year.

IMPORTANT NOTE
It is noteworthy that whereas the first component of N3,070,713,103.42 paid to the contractor was not budgeted for in the 2015 State Budget, the second component of additional N1,228,285,241.36 was VIRED without the approval of the Edo State House of Assembly from the budget of N3.5 Billion for the construction of the new accident and emergency ward complex and renovation of existing structures in Central Hospital Benin City contained in the capital budget of the Ministry of Health in the 2015 budget.
This is a clear violation of existing financial regulations and the appropriation law.

CONCLUSION
From the foregoing, it is quite obvious that the State was held hostage by Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his appointees in a determined bid to drain it of its meagre financial resources.  The tactics used to perpetrate this serious financial recklessness is clear: Approve payment without appropriation, Vire funds without approval.
Those who may have aided and abetted these serial acts of financial recklessness must face the music.
We agree with Godwin Obaseki in his claim that Adams Oshiomhole mismanaged Edo state resources as Governor. 

WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM!
It’s time to RESET Edo – Chris Nehikhare, opined.

2 thoughts on “OSHIOMHOLE AND OBASEKI: BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER!

  • May 27, 2020 at 10:13 am
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    Birds of the same feather that is very correct but can we also add that they are feathers of the bird ( APC )

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