The Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the state governor, Godwin Obaseki over the huge sum of N469m he budged for the Central Specialist Hospital in Benin.
Obaseki in the 2018 budget had budgeted the sum for the provisions of equipment, and the completion of the hospital.
The Central hospital had generated a lot of negative attacks on the former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who invited the President, Muhammadu Buhari to commission the building in November 2016.
Aides to the former governor had defended the development so far that the Oshiomhole had ordered for equipment which was yet to be seen a year after. One of the aides, Victor Oshioke had told NAIJA CENTER NEWS that a big truckload of equipment was offloaded at the Central Hospital but our correspondent investigations showed otherwise.
The PDP in a Press conference in Benin City on Thursday by its Chairman, Dan Orbih accused the government of borrowing equipment and lied to the President that it was ordered when it was commissioned.
Orbih also lashed at the state government for not making any allocation for the state-owned university, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Tayo Akpata University but budgeted a whooping sum of N946 million for Edo University, Iyamho which is a state and private sectors venture.
Orbih said, ” The government budgeted the sum of N946million for construction of buildings, lecture theatres, office equipment etc in Edo University, Iyamho, huge sums of money for the construction of Edo University Teaching Hospital, Iyamho which is supposed to a government and private sectors venture.
“But at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma which is owned by the state government where all facilities have broken down, there was no mention of the institution in the budget.
” The Tayo Akpata University of Education which was established at the same time with Edo University, Iyamho, there were no provisions in the budget for it. And because of the business interests between Governor Obaseki and ex- governor Oshiomhole, other higher institutions of learning in the state were neglected in the budget.
“We want to know what is the contribution of Afri Invest owned by Governor Obaseki that is a private investor in the University to it”?
Orbih described the 2018 budget as fraudulent and full of inconsistencies insisting that it has failed to address the fundamental problems facing the people.
The State Chairman accused Obaseki of accepting additional N4billion added to the budget without questioning the glancing through the details of the additional amount, adding that such action was contrary to the technocrat which the governor had claimed to be.
Orbih accused the governor of allocating 10 percent of the total budget of N150.9bn to his office. He gave the breakdown as follows: N1.5billion to the governor’s office, N4billion as Security Vote, N2.5billion for Central Administration, N2.150billion for Entertainment and Protocol and N1million monthly for essential drugs for himself and family among other allocations”
The party chairman frowned at the allocation of N4 billion as security votes, noting that the governor had never assisted the security agencies in the state since he assumed office.
He said, “Since Obaseki took over the reins of government in the State, the crime rate has risen astronomically, rampant cases of kidnappings, armed robberies, murders, assassinations and arsons have become the order of the day in Edo State.
” Whereas, in other States of the country, government assists security agencies in the provisions of security gadgets, vehicles and communication equipment, the same cannot be said of Edo State, security has since broken down. Even, security agencies in the State are complaining that they have not received any form of assistance from the government”.
He stated that whereas the government had allocated the sum of N50million to the Ministry of Employment and Wealth Creation for jobs creation, N50million for Micro Finance, the government allocated the sum of N100million for Consultancy.