By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”Edo State government yesterday described as untrue claims by the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, that the state government had abandoned projects initiated by the immediate past administration in the state.
It also debunked claims by Imasuen, that Governor Adams Oshiomhole was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before he became governor of the state.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Abdul Oroh, said in a reaction in Benin City yesterday that none of the projects initiated by Professor Oserhiemen Osunborâ€™s administration was abandoned.
He said what the government did was to re-design some of the road projects to include walk ways, street lights, traffic lights and culvet drainage system.
According to him, â€œthe truth is that most of the roads they (Osunbor administration) awarded were not properly designed because they were in a hurry to impress the people after they stole the mandate given to Oshiomhole by Edo people.
â€œBesides, majority of the contracts were criminally awarded, they never followed due process. We continued work in the Ihievbe-Ogbe road which they said they spent over N900 million.
â€œThe Otaru-Poly road which they awarded was poorly executed. They did a shoddy work and we cannot continue jobs that are not properly designed and we had to re-design most of them.
â€œOn the claim by Imasuen that the Comrade governor was a PDP member, that was a big lie. The governor was never a PDP member and every Nigerian knows that.â€
Commending the Senate for publishing the names of those indicted for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the repairs of federal roads, Oroh asserted that â€œ the Senate should not just stop there, they should go ahead and hand over the indicted persons to the EFCC and the ICPC.
â€œWe also call on the federal government to urgently dualise the Benin-Auchi road because the number of deaths being recorded on that road is appallingâ€.