By Emma Arubi
WARRI-Â ATRADITIONAL ruler and contractor in Burutu council area of Delta state have converted an N9m government owned 3-bedroom bungalow at Ekogbene community to his private use just as some concerned indigenes have called on the state government, security agencies and EFCC to wade into the matter so that the building be handed over to the community.
The 3-bedroom bungalow valued at N8,533,506.15 was awarded to Smartek Nig. Ent in October 2006 with a 16-week completion date along with several others according to the document made available to newsmen yesterday in Warri.
The contract was awarded by the defunct Delta State Committee on 13% Derivation Revenue for projects under Burutu council and is expected to have been taken over by now by the 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 use as intended by the government has become a source of worry to them adding that the bungalow “was actually built but unchallengedly and with impunity hijacked and converted it to himself by the executor of the contract thereby claiming total ownership”.
It stated further that several efforts to get the contractor to vacate the guest house and hand it over have always met with stiff resistance and violence.
The concerned citizens of Ekogbene therefore called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to prevail on the royal father to hand over the guest for communal use, even as they also call on the “various security agents including the EFCC to bring the perpetrator of this mid-day robbery and corrupt act to book”, the statement added.