Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has approved the probe of contracts for the construction of structures and supply of equipment to the Benin Central Hospital.
Naija News reports that the contract for the construction of the hospital was awarded by the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.
A statement on Sunday by Obaseki’s Media Adviser, Crusoe Osagie, disclosed that a commission of enquiry would soon be constituted to probe the contracts.
He stated that the Obaseki’s administration decided to investigate followed numerous calls on the government to look into the contracts in which billions of taxpayers’ money were expended on poorly executed projects under the regime of Adams Oshiomhole.
Speaking on the responsibilities of the commission of enquiry, Osagie said it would be mandated to ascertain if details of contract terms were adhered to, especially the quality of materials used for the building.
According to Obaseki’s aide, the commission would also determine the extent of irregularities regarding the purchase of equipment, among others.
“The state government will investigate allegations of fraud and irregularities with the contract for procurement of the hospital equipment,” he said.
Osagie stated that the commission would unravel why the equipment contracted had yet to be supplied and other claims made by the contractors.
He said, “The contractors who handled the building had questions to answer, including the shoddy jobs done, among others.”