By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE five-man ad-hoc committee set up by Delta State House of Assembly to investigate the award and execution of the multi-billion naira Independent Power Project, IPP, yesterday, visited the project in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state with a promise to ensure its completion.
Chairman of the committee, Chief Tim Owhefere, who spoke on the level of work done so far on the project after the payment of over N19 billion to the contractor by the state government, said the project could not be abandoned, insisting that the state government had committed huge resources to it.
The project which was awarded by the state government in 2009 at the cost of N21.7 billion but reviewed upward in 2010 to N23.2 billion, had generated lots of concern over its completion. The development led to the setting up of the ad-hoc committee by the state legislature to investigate the state of the project.
Chief Owhefere, who is the Majority Leader of the House, expressed sadness over the level of work after alleged payment of over N19 billion out of the contract sum of N23.2 billion.
He vowed that the House will probe all the parties involved in the project to ensure its completion for the benefit of Deltans.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the committee members were conducted round the site by the Director, Electricity Power Supply Department, Delta State Ministry of Energy, Engr. Felix Abojei, Owhefere stated that the vision of the state government concerning the project would be accomplished.
He said that the project was very dear to the people of the state, adding that the state government was committed to completing the project.