Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki is setting up a commission of enquiry to probe the award of contracts for the construction and supply of equipment for the Benin Central Hospital.
He made this decision in reaction to the collapse of the roof in some sections of the hospital.
The contract was awarded by the administration of immediate past governor, Adams Oshiomole.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, the Obaskei said, “Actors within the government are calling on the governor to probe the contracts in which billions of tax payers’ money was expended on a project that was poorly executed,”
“The state government will investigate allegations of fraud and irregularities in the contract for procurement of the hospital equipment.”
According to him, individuals contracted to procure the hospital equipment will be called to hear their side of the story.
He said the investigation was to ascertain why the equipment were yet to be supplied, robbing taxpayers’ value for their money.
He added that the contractors who handled the building had questions to answer regarding shoddy jobs done, among others.
“Work is ongoing at the hospital to patch up parts of the Hospital, as parts of the facility were poorly constructed leading to collapse of the roof in some sections,” he said.
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