By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE immediate past Edo State representative on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, weekend, reacted to the call for the probe of his tenure by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the state, saying that he was not afraid of being probed by his successor, Mr Don Omorodion.
It will be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole had, last week, lamented what he described as poor representation of NDDC projects in the state, adding that even those that were on ground were executed with sub-standard materials.
He had urged the new state representative on the Board to investigate how the projects were awarded and if possible, prosecute those involved in the shoddy projects that were executed.
But Iduoriyekemwen, in hisÂ reaction in Benin City, insisted that he attracted several jobs to the state and all of them were executed according to the standard set by the leadership of the Commission in Port Harcourt.
He said that Oshiomhole was misinformed about the workings of the NDDC and urged him â€œto face the business of governance in the state because NDDC is not a branch of the state government, therefore, he has no powers to probe any project executed by the Commission.â€
According to him, â€œI will welcome the probe because the projects speaks for themselves. If you know the second Ugbor Road two years ago, even a blind man can see that the road is different today. If you go to Abudu and Ugholor, Ogba Link Road, the contractors are still working there. Enter Ugbor axis, in fact, the projects are too numerous to mention.
“I will really like them to probe me because they will discover that all the jobs that were done in Edo State were centrally coordinated. The Benin-Gelegele Road is there for every one to see. People could not access Gelegele some four years ago, but I can tell you today that they can access Gelegele in less than 25 minutes.
“Before we left office, we had already included the Udo-Ofunama Road in the budget. So I am not bothered at all. All I am saying is that let the Governor sit down and face his business. He has done close to two years in office now. He said he will employ 10,000Â youths, but I have not seen the youths he employed,â€ he added.