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Delta group asks FG to probe IPP

12 August 2015, 20:40

The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Delta State, has called on the Federal Government to probe the IPP in Oghara. The group made this known this week in Asaba. In a statement signed by the state coordinator, Dr. (Maj) Isaac Tobore Ajueshi, the IPP site located in Oghara-Eki, Ethiope West Local Government of Delta State which was started in 2007 by the previous administration led by Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the former governor through the advice of one Mr. Gary Akpobire as part of efforts to industrialize the state, is being taken over by bush. The statement noted that the contract was allegedly awarded to Dr. Uduaghan himself and Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, former speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, who lost in the 2015 PDP Governorship Primary and National Assembly Election in his bid to represent Delta North as the Senate, with comr. Ovuzorie Machaulay, former SSG, providing principal consultancy services.

DaveNotch Nig. Ltd., Hon. Ochei's company, was given the job at an initial amount of N27 billion, the amount was allegedly reviewed and now stands at N40 billion. As at first quarter of 2013, N18 billion had already been paid to DaveNotch with nothing to show for it. The group further stated that January this year, it was reported that fire gutted the IPP site but there was relief when the manager of DaveNotch said that the major equipment were intact and were not affect. Sensing sabotage, the group wondered how uninstalled equipment could gut fire because according to the group, the initial excuse was that the East-West Road was too bad, even if that was the case, they could have transported the equipment to Oghara through the water way. The group enjoins the contractor to in back to site to complete the installation in order to improve power supply in the state.

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According to the statement, failure to do so will prompt a reminder to EFCC noting that the anti-graft agency is already aware of the issue. Stressing further, the statement opined that former Minister of Information and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief E. K. Clark, OFR, CON, during a press conference around 5th of May, 2013, to disapprove the governorship ambitions of Hon. Victor Ochei and Mr. Godsday Orubebe, former Minister of Niger Delta because the former collected N18 billion for the IPP job and did nothing and the later flouting a presidential directive, said he wrote EFCC on the issue and got a reply.

Parts of the text for that press conference read "....another person I learnt who wants to become the governor of Delta State is Victor Ochei, the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly. What kind of country is this? This is a young man, a contractor who got a mega contract of twenty seven billion naira contract for an independent power project Delta State, IPP, at Oghara or Ogharaeki. He has collected eighteen billion from the Delta State Government, but nothing has happened on site.......on Friday 3rd of May. 2013, I sent 2 men to again visit the site. They found that the Delta State Government had tarred the road to the site where there are 3 containers and that the site is overgrown with grasses and trees. The issue was reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 22nd November, 2010....... The EFCC wrote a letter to us that the matter is under investigation...." BSO therefore call on the contractor to in back to site to avoid EFCC probe noting that as at 4th of August, 2015, the situation at the IPP site is not far from the situation reported by Chief E. K. Clark.

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