By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused the Edo State Government of inflating contracts with a view to siphoning the resources of the state.
He specifically mentioned the Airport Road in Benin completed by the Adams Oshiomhole administration as one of such projects which, he insisted, gulped over N13 billion, accusing the state government of failing to disclose the actual amount spent on the road project.
Ize-Iyamu, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and South South Vice Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, spoke in Benin, yesterday, at the campaign rally of the state PDP in Ikpoba/Okha Local Government Area of the state.
According to Ize-Iyamu, who is now the Edo State Coordinator of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign team, “The Airport Road, from the Ring Road to Ogba River, where work was stopped, is less than 7 kilometres. The sum of N13 billion was spent to construct a road of less than 7 kilometres. You must understand that the road has no bridge and already existed.
“Look at the Uhumwonde-Egba-Ondo State road that is about 35 kilometres. This is an entirely new road that will have two bridges. The Federal Government has awarded it for N3.4 billion.”
He said it was regrettable that Oshiomhole, as President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, about a decade ago, negotiated a minimum wage of N18, 000 for Nigerian workers but was now paying N5,000 as salaries to workers he recently recruited.
Also in his address at the rally, Edo South senatorial candidate of the PDP, Mr. Matthew Urhogide, said that the state government was not doing enough for students in the state by its refusal to give bursary and scholarships to students.
He accused the state government of fraud in the usage of the 60 per cent education counterpart funding that was made available by the Federal Government, saying that the state government spent the sum of N250 million to provide one-block of classroom at Idia College in Benin.