Ologbosere of Warri denies receiving contract from Delta State
The Ologbosere (traditional Prime Minister of Warri Kingdom), Chief Ayiri Emami, has faulted the Delta State government over allegation of non-execution of contract worth billions of naira.
Reacting to Emami’s accusation of marginalization of Itsekiri ethnic nationality by the state government, the Manager, Communication, Delta State Government House, Mr. Ayiri Emami had lashed out at the high chief, challenging him to explain to the Itsekiri people what happened to the N800 million advance payment he received from the previous administration for a contract to tackle the coastal erosion ravaging the entire shorelines of Aruoton, an Itsekiri community in Warri-South West Local Council.
He charged: “For someone who professes to have the best interests of the Itsekiri people at heart, it is most unconscionable, wicked and the height of insensitivity to the plight of his people for Emami to abandon a project for which he collected a whooping sum of N800m as advance payment. So where is his professed love for the Itsekiris?”
Emami, however insisted that he never got a contract from the state government and that the allegation of non-performance is a calculated attempt to smear his good name.
He said: “I never collected contract from the state government. I am not a director of the company in question, EasyQuest Nigeria Limited. I only help to finance those who got the contract. I am not a director of EasyQuest. You can go to the Corporate Affairs Commission in Abuja to find out. I never as a person collected the said contract from the Delta State government.”
Jackson countered, maintaining that instead of doing his utmost best to insulate the revered Itsekiri traditional institution from politics, it was cause for concern that the high chief was doing exactly the opposite and, in the process, threatening to undermine the trademark civility and profundity of the kingdom.
The manager noted that it was up to all well-meaning Itsekiri sons and daughters to call Emami to order before he does the unthinkable of bringing the hallowed Itsekiri traditional institution into disrepute.
He said on April 04, 2016, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, through the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, had demanded for a full refund of the N800m from the company.
He added that as a result of non- compliance with the demand, legal action has already commenced against the company as the gvernor is determined to rid the State of unscrupulous and failed contractors.
On the Trans Warri-Ode Itsekiri Bridge and Access roads project, Ekwugwum explained that there is an outstanding liability of N8.066 billion due to the contractor inherited by the administration for 68 per cent of work executed under the previous administration.
He said: ” The contractor, Setraco, is insisting that this debt be settled before they continue work. Given the challenging economic environment since 2015, it has not been easy for the government to cough out N8.8 billion at a go, but arrangements have reached advanced stage to offset some of this liability and get the contractor back on site.”
He said 15 internal roads in Ode Itsekiri were executed before the coronation of the traditional ruler, Ogiame Ikenwoli as Olu of Warri Kingdom.
Besides, he said that the administration has also completed the construction of the Access road to Awaritse Industrial Park, Obitugbo (Phase 1) in Warri North Local Government Area as well as rehabilitated the NPA Bye Pass Road (from New Port Gate to Old Port Gate), Warri South Local Government Area.
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