By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN— CRISIS is rocking the Edo State Committee/Task Force on Environment, Demolition of Illegal Structure and Street Trading, as some members of the committee, have appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole to request the chairman of the committee, Major Lawrence Oloye (rtd) to account for the N5 million monthly subvention to the committee from the state government, in the past six months.
In a letter addressed to the Governor, by Mr Solomon Ekairia and Humphrey Agbontaen, on behalf of other members of the committee, they alleged that out of the N5 million, only about N1.25 million was spent monthly by the committee.
They further alleged that any member who dared to query the chairman was either suspended without salary or sacked.
However, efforts to reach the chairman, failed, as his mobile phone rang out. But a close ally of his, who craved anonymity, described the allegation as untrue, saying that those who petitioned the chairman were members who were suspended for allegedly extorting members of the public.
Meanwhile, the petitioners added that the amount expended monthly reduced drastically in the last two months due to the resignation and death of some members, and that the chairman had continued to use hired labourers despite warning by the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Clem Agba, that hired labourers would no longer be tolerated in the Ministry.
“He always threatens workers and any attempt to even explain issues with him will be rewarded with beatings and threat of sack. Some members of this committee have been involved in extortion of members of the public, but when you report the issue, the chairman will ensure you are removed. We want to appeal to the Governor to investigate this issues so that the truth will come to limelight,” the petition added.