By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—AHEAD of the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, a governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has alleged that over N30 billion has so far been spent on Edo University, Iyamho, by the state government at the expense of the two other state universities that were denied government attention.
He said that the amount included N12 billion for the building of a teaching hospital in the university and another N1.6 billion spent to build a less than 150-room hostel in the institution.
Ize-Iyamu insisted that this was coming at a time the state was facing a serious economic recession while the College of Education, Ekiadolor, renamed Tayo Akpata University, established at the same time with the Edo University Iyamho, was yet to receive any attention from the state government.
He added that the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, still uses the Irrua Teaching Hospital, Irrua, owned by the Federal Government, for the clinical studies of its students without the state government considering building a teaching hospital for it.
However, the Edo State Government has denied the claim by the PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Ize-Iyamu, that the sum of N12 billion was budgeted for the new state university to build a teaching hospital.
The government said that the university was not to serve the personal interest of any individual but the generality of Edo people.
A statement by the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Governor’s Office, Mr. John Mayaki, described the investment as well directed, a progressive initiative, timely, auspicious and people-oriented.
He said: “This clarification became necessary owing to the political slant that was recently laced with the investment by those I term political-bureaucrats or red tape, and their puerile media outing. First, how much was the total budget for this year, if a chunk of N12 billion is earmarked for Edo University alone? That claim simply defies logic and reasoning, just as it does not add up.
“I can understand their blind and bland argument because the decision for the investment either outshined their paymasters or they intentionally join the bandwagons for the sake of chewing their jaws.”