Human Rights Organization under the auspices of Talakawa Parliament has transmitted an Open letter to Governor Godwin Obaseki to order for the arrest and prosecution of those associated with the failed projects executed by EDSOPADEC from 2011 to 2017. The letter was signed by the Speaker, Marxist Kola Edokpayi and the Secretary, Comrade Wilson Imasuen.
See the letter below:
7th of August, 2018
Mr. Godwin Obaseki,
The Governor of Edo State,
GIVE INVESTIGATIVE EFFECT TO THE AUDIT REPORT ON EDSOPADEC: BEING AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI ON THE SHADY ACTIVITIES OF EDSOPADEC
Our very dear Governor, this open letter becomes so imperative owing to the fact that EDSOPADAEC in the unanimous opinion of Edo people performed far below expectations despite the huge resources at its disposal, which necessitated the legislative disbandment of the board in 2017.
You will agree with us Sir that, sequel to the disbandment of the board, you empanelled an Audit Committee headed by Engr. S. I. O. Osara to audit the activities of EDSOPADEC between 2011 and 2017. The Engr. S. I. O. Osara Audit Committee in its sagacity submitted its report on the 2nd day of June 2018 that a total of 117 projects were
executed by EDSOPADAEC in the Oil and Gas Communities across Orhionmwon Ikpoba Okha and Ovia North East during the period under review. That 46 out of the 117 projects failed and were vandalized. That 44 projects were abandoned by the Contractors most of which were fully paid for.
It is on record that you expressed dissatisfaction with the poor handling of projects and promised to recover the funds back from the Contractors. His Excellency, more than two months after the receipt of the audit report, you have neither recovered the funds from the Contractors nor prosecute those found wanting at a time Edo people
are depressed over the spate of looting of public funds by trustees of public agencies.
We are worried that those whose actions and inactions metamorphosed EDSOPADEC from being a blessing to curse to the people are still gallivanting freely on the streets, while supposed beneficiaries wallow in developmental cum economic darkness. We cannot continue to live in the proverbial bank of a river and be using urine to wash our
hands. According to Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Silence in the face of developmental and economic injustice to the Oil Producing Communities crying for development is a sin against God and a crime to humanity.
We want to humbly and graciously use this medium to appeal to you to march words with action by activating the Ministry of Justice to press criminal charges against those that erred to served as a deterrent to other public office holders that want to toe the line of corruption.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Marxist Kola Edokpayi Wilson Imasuen