By Emma Arubi
THE people of Ekogbene community in Burutu local government area of Delta State have appealed to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to assist them in recovering a N9m government owned 3-bedroom bungalow built for the community but now converted to private use by the contractor.
The 3-bedroom bungalow, intended as the communityâ€™s guest house, valued at N8,533,506.15, was awarded to Smartek Nigeria Entreprises in October 2006 with a 16-week completion date, along with several others, according to the document made available to newsmen.
Some concerned indigenes of Ekogbene community said in a statement that the contract was awarded by the defunct Delta State Committee on 13% Derivation Revenue for projects under Burutu council and was expected to have been taken over by Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
The statement signed by Chief Samuel Brizimor and Comrade Felix Maku, stated that the bungalow meant to be a guest house for the community, as intended by the government, has become a source of worry to the people,
They added that the bungalow â€œwas actually built but with impunity hijacked and converted to private use by the executor of the contract, thereby claiming total ownershipâ€.
They stated further that several efforts to get the contractor to vacate the guest house and hand it over had always met with stiff resistance and violence.
The concerned citizens of Ekogbene called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to prevail on the contractor, alleged to be a royal father, to hand over the guest house for communal use.
They also called on the â€œvarious security agents, including the EFCC, to bring the perpetrator of this mid-day robbery and corrupt act to book.â€