PDP Boss Urges EFCC, ICPC to Probe Contractors Handling Abandoned Drainage Projects
By Agnes Igwe
Ebonyi State People’s Democratic party (PDP) chairman, Barr Onyekachi Nwaebonyi has challenged Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate alleged abandoned drainage channels projects in Ebonyi state.
The party chairman called for probe of contractors in charge of the abandoned drainage channels projects by federal government in the state at Ugbodo the headquarters of Ebonyi local government council shortly after a lecture delivered by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with their Ebonyi state counterpart (EBSEMA) on causes of flood and management.
Barr Nwebonyi who condemned in strong terms high rate of abandonment of projects Nigeria, attributed the latest to the cause of flood ravaging the state in over six local government councils as forecasted by Nigeria meteorological agency.
He called for proper supervision of contracts to ensure timely completion in accordance to specifications.
“I commend NEMA and other sister agencies in their fight against flood in Nigeria. Unfortunately my local government is one of those badly affected by 2019 flood in Nigeria. To that effect, I suggest that government go extra miles in sensitization about the causes.”
“I challenge the federal government because I know that over ten years now there were strategic areas marked for construction of drainage channels as measure to control flood, regrettably till now those projects are not completed.
So I ask through this medium, does it mean the contractors are not doing well or they are not being funded?
” Some of the supposed sites for the drainage channels are the popular Azuinyiokwu river in Abakaliki ,from Hope high secondary school axis they did about ten meters and the job was abandoned.
“As I speak, if you follow Hilltop -Nwofe road, there is another of such project, there they did about twenty meters and the job is abandoned. What is actually happening? EFCC should look at that! I know that my Governor, Chief David Umahi flagged off that project, of course to be supervised by the federal agencies but up till now, their presence is not being felt.
So I want EFCC and ICPC to look into those projects. For the progress of Nigeria our country, our people should learn to be patriotic”, the PDP chairman stated.
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