There seems to be no end in sight to the whistle blowing role of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, as he again insisted that he will not back down on his claim that the Jonathan administration spent a whopping N140 billion on the yet to be completed 2nd Niger Bridge in Anambra State.
In the same vein, the governor has stood his ground that the sum of $700 million was surreptitiously moved from the Sovereign Wealth Fund, SWF, for the same bridge, which has not risen above the foundation stage.
Oshiomhole made this disclosure through a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria the governor in Abuja, Oshiomhole asked the former Minister of Works, Mike Onolomemeh to answer questions regarding his role in the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
“They told our committee that about $700m dollars were taken from the Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Second Niger Bridge project. Rather than crucify Comrade Oshiomhole for the disclosure, former Minister of Works should direct his energy and explanation to the managers of the Sovereign Wealth Fund who have depleted the savings on the explanation that it was meant for the 2nd Niger Bridge.
“Fully aware that not much has been achieved on that project, Onolememen and the managers of the Sovereign Wealth Funds should explain to Nigerians what really transpired instead of asking Comrade Oshiomhole to apologize to Nigerians.
“The real people, who should apologise to Nigerians for their many sins against the country are those who expended so much of our resources without any corresponding achievements to show for it.”
The governor regretted that rather than build new roads and rehabilitate them, the Ministry of Works under the former minister vandalised existing roads and made them almost impassable.
The governor said: “In Edo State, the Aduwawa end of the Benin-Auchi Road is almost impassable, especially during this rainy season. As we speak, erosion has cut off the Benin-Auchi road into two and motorists are going through hell passing through that road.
“What about Benin-Abraka Road; it is one hell of a road completely abandoned and vandalized. In the name of politics, they came trying to impress Edo people, but ended up depressing all of us.
“When we complained of utter neglect of Edo State in the scheme of things, they hurriedly brought caterpillars to site and vandalize the roads, pretending to be working.
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