By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”THERE was a mild drama towards the end of a town hall meeting at Agbor weekend, as majority of the participants chorused that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan should drag indigenous contractors who failed to perform after collecting mobilization fee before the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.
The town hall meeting was the turn of Delta North senatorial district, after it had been held in Delta Central and South senatorial districts.
The governor, who was responding to barrage of questions thrown to him, explained to the audience that 95 percent of execution of contract failure in the state was traceable to contractors who incidentally were among them.
As the governor continued in his explaining that the government was not to be blamed, but the indigenous contractors who had been empowered to empower others through the contract awards, the audience became restless about the revelation.
According to him, â€œthe failure of the contract execution is from our people and if I take them to EFCC, you will accuse me, oh governor has brought in the EFCCâ€.
He had barely concluded when the crowd yelled, take them there.
But the governor responded â€œI won’t take them to EFCC, but I will terminate the contracts and re-award themâ€.
Also at the meeting, the governor disclosed that his government would soon come out with a welfare package, which would enable aged people who have attained the age of 70 years, enjoy free medical care in addition to a monthly allowance.
He said â€œwe are looking at the recommendation contained in the report as part of our social welfare schemeâ€.