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Ex commissioner wants EFCC to investigate Oshiomhole over alleged N14bn ICT contract

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Orobosa Omo- Ojo, former commissioner of transport in the cabinet of the Adams Oshiomhole-led government in Edo state weekend urged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the governor over the alleged N14 billion contracts for the Information and Communication Technology project.

BusinessDay reports that Omo-Ojo who was relieved of his portfolio by the state governor January 2015 said the investigation of the project by the anti-graft agency was for the benefit of the Edo people.

Omo-Ojo listed other projects to be investigated along the ICT project to include, biometrics, oracle, internet provision for Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and the open portal.

The former commissioner made the call in Benin- City during the public unveiling of his new book titled. “Breach of Trust, “An eyewitness account of political events in Edo state before and under Adams Oshiomhole’s watch”,

He alleged that the state government spent a whopping sum of N14billion for website design.

 He also alleged that the open portal was arrant deception, designed as a cover-up for the growing criticism of lack of transparency in government operation and a means to justify the $225 million World Bank loan which was equivalent to N 50billion.

”The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must investigate the ‘Open Portal’ contract for the benefit of Edo people. It is outrageous that a mere website design will gulp over N14billion in a state where hundreds of roads are begging for government attention.

“It will be cruel fate for Edo people, if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) fails to investigate the vast resources that have been spent by government on Oshiomhole’s ICT projects, including Biometrics, Oracle, Internet provision for MDAs and the Open Portal”, he alleged.