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Published On: Fri, Jan 19th, 2018

Delta: N165bn spent on roads construction, rehabilitation a fraud, group alleges

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From Osakhare Erese, Asaba

A pressure group claimed to be “watching eyes” with its operations across Delta State, has alleged fraud in the purportedly N165 billion spent on 148 roads’ construction/rehabilitation by the State Government within the last two years.
Although, there has been conflicting amount of money spent, especially the alleged claim by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Auguoye that N150billion was spent, but the group which also claimed that it deliberately emerged as “watching eyes” to monitor political, economic, and infrastructural developments of Delta State, said the conflicting figures of money, evidently portended fraud and gross maladministration.
The group in a statement it issued yesterday, signed by its President/Secretary, Paul Awanmaka, Godwin Oboh, flayed the Governor’s alleged abrasive, ethnic politics, and condemned what it described as “media propaganda” to hoodwink Deltans that he met well for them.
Part of the statement reads: “we members of the “watching eyes” group have found Governor Okowa’s Agenda weak, maladministration laced with media propaganda, where the roads the government claimed to are have spent N165million or N150billion, the amount is even conflicting, it is a total fraud in the so called 148 roads, we will follow it to the letters”.
The group however warned that it will fold its hands, and watch the Delta State Treasury allegedly looted by the PDP led government which hitherto claimed Delta State had fixed with basic infrastructure, whereas nothing to show.
Noting that the 148 roads claimed to have constructed/rehabilitated by the state government for two years in office, were fables, ruse and political hoodwinking statements, the group disassociated itself from any political party stressing that the group emerged to ensure total eradication of fraud in the state, adding this group is just a pressure group, not for any political party, it will monitor activities in the state, and ensure Deltans benefit the dividends of democracy and not fraudsters looting the state treasury”.
But in a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu described the group as faceless, and being used to score political points.
He said that the provision of basic infrastructure by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had been evident in the last two years plus, adding that the group misgiving of Okowa true leadership, glaringly shown it has base, but faceless.
Expectedly, the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Auguoye had during inspection of the roads’ project told journalist in 2017 the dualization of the link roads was for a conducive environment for socio-economic growth in the state, adding that the on-going 4.27km Owa-Eke/Owa-Alero dualization road/drainage system project in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, would be completed soon.

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