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Come Out Clean on Ownership of Edo University, PDP Guber Aspirant Tasks Oshiomhole


A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has called on the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to tell Edo peopke the owner of Edo Univetsity being built in Iyamho, Oshiomhole’s village.
The former Secretary to Edo State Government said the state government has not come out clean on the ownership of the institution though checks revealed that every kobo spent on the university was contributed by the state.
Ize-Iyamu alleged that the Governor voted over N30bn for the newly created Edo University, Iyamho, a private owned university recently approved by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).
Ize-Iyamu made the accusation while spaeking at the palace of the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Zaiki Edenojie II, where he formally informed traditional rulers from Edo Central district of his intention to run as governor in the September 10 governorship election in the state.
He also accused Oshiomhole of neglecting other critical sectors of the state’s economy such as industrialization, agriculture, health, sports, youth empowerment, tourism and housing, while displaying theatrics by reconstructing federal roads and abandoning state ones.
‎He alleged that over N12bn has been appropriated to put a teaching hospital at Edo University, and N1.6bn spent to build a less than 150-room hostel in the institution.
He further accused Oshiomhole of deceiving the Benin people as money has not been appropriated for the state College of Education, Ekiadolor, that was upgraded to a university at the same time the Edo University was created, just as he slammed the Governor for failing to employ teachers to enhance teaching and learning in the state.
“In the entire Edo secondary schools, we have only twelve physics teachers. In all government hospitals, we have only two general surgeons, two orthopaedic surgeons and one dermatologist, who is on contract employment.
“In the whole of Edo State today, there is just one quantity surveyor. One man that was brought from Kaduna, who does all quantities. He is the one that quantifies the job, supervise and okay payment. Corruption cannot be worse than that,” he alleged.
But in a reaction, the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Governor’s office, John Mayaki, described Ize-Iyamu’s statement on the Edo University as false and unreasonable.
“How much is the total budget for this year, that a chunk of N12bn has been earmarked for the 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,” he said.

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