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EDSG orders contractor’s arrest, takes over Lawani Road job

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By Nosa Akenzua Benin

The Edo state government on Monday said that it has taken over the construction works of the Lawani Crescent road project in Akoko Edo local government area of the state adding that the contractors who handled the works be arrested with immediate effect

Recall that the action of the state government was followed by a viral video online exposing the poorly executed Akoko Edo Federal Constituency Project that was sponsored by the deputy majority leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Peter Akpatason, through the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development. But, during the inspection of the project site, representative of the governor and deputy governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, said that the state had maintained a standard in execution of road projects across the state describing the project in Akoko Edo as substandard. Governor Godwin Obaseki while speaking to journalists in Benin City, ordered the arrest of the contractors handling the project while urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), among others, to investigate the project by inviting Akpatason to the role he played in the execution of the project, emphasising that the bad job does not represent the standard of projects in Edo state or Akoko Edo Community. He said “I want to thank those who raised the alarm over the bad job and it would have been on paper that this road has been completed. The contractors handling the project must be arrested for doing a bad job and I am aware that N360million was allocated for him.”

Speaking further, Shaibu explained that” Edo SEEFOR is taking over the road. The Edo state government is taking over the reconstruction of this road immediately. The job has been revoked and N360million is what was allocated for the project.”

On his part, SEEFOR coordinator in the state Mr Toju Onaiwu said” We have been directed to go ahead and rehabilitate the road. The drainage is in bad shape and needs to be reconstructed, the asphalt work has failed and we will do the needful.”

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