Obaseki fingers minister in alleged N30bn stormwater failure


Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said a serving minister played a major role in the state N30bn stormwater project, which was allegedly conceived to defraud Edo people.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, was the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities and supervised the phase 1 of the project during the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

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In a statement on Wednesday, the governor said, “The person who supervised this project today calls himself a minister and is supervising bigger projects for the Federal Government. This is just unacceptable.

“What we are doing now is different from what was done in the last administration. There is almost a two-meter difference. So, there is no way that you can drain water from a low ground to a high plane.

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“The stormwater project was a fraud. It was a contract to defraud Edo people. From what I see in this catchment area, the project was never designed to take water away from the area. The area was never drained.”

He insisted that his administration would probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it.

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