A former Commissioner in Edo State, Orobosa Omo-Ojo, has opened a can of worms on the administration of the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
In his recent published book, entitled “Breach of Trust, An Eyewitness Account of Political Events in Edo State Before and under Adams Oshiomhole’s Watch”, he alleged that the state government spent N14bn to design website for the Edo Open Portal Project and urged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the claims.
Omo-Ojo, a journalist and human rights fighter, was Commissioner for Transport until January 2015, but has since fallen apart with his erstwhile boss.
He noted that the reason he was sacked as Commissioner, was because he refused to divulge details of his meetings with some perceived enemies of the Governor.
He said the Governor infuriated when he learnt he visited the so called enemies and wanted why he met with them.
According to Omo-Ojo, he told the Governor his enemies cannot be enemies to other persons and he refused to apologise. The Governor became annoyed and ordered that be sacked from the government.
He said it would be a cruel fate to Edo people if the EFCC fails to investigate the Open Portal project and others in the ICT, including biometrics, oracle, internet provision for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He described the open portal as arrant deception, designed as a cover-up for the growing criticism of lack of transparency in government operation and a means to justify the $225 million World Bank loan which was equivalent to N50 billion.
“The whole bullshit about open portal was arrant deception, designed as a cover–up for the growing criticism of lack of transparency in government operation and a means to justify the $225,000,000.00 World Bank loan, which is about N50 billion.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), must investigate the ‘Open Portal’ contract for the benefit of Edo people. It is outrageous that a mere website design will gulp over N14billion in a state where hundreds of roads are begging for government attention,” he wrote in the book.
Besides, the former Commissioner further alleged that Oshiomhole spent N500 million to pursue Vice Presidential ambition and granted Certificate of Occupancy waiver to Alhaji Aliko Dangote worth N1.08 billion, for the establishment of a fertilizer plant, just as he described Oshiomhole’s administration as “mob government where every one contributes to the affairs of the state without a clear direction of government policy.
“Working with Oshiomhole is like watching a circus show. There is never a boring moment. Either he amuses you with sheer energy to talk unending or you are amazed at his self-delusion as he speaks on every subject like an authority. The only way to reduce priceless time wasting during meetings is to allow a monologue. This practice led to poor project execution”, he said.
Reacting to the barrage of allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Peter okhiria, said: “We have a copy of the book, we will react to the allegations appropriately.”
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