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Obaseki Orders Probe Of Controversial Benin Specialist Hospital Contracts

File Photo: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.


The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the probe of contracts for the development of the Benin Specialist Hospital and provide of hospital gear.

The state authorities has additionally constituted a Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in depth inquiry into the method resulting in the conceptualisation, design, building and equipping of the hospital and to find out if there was a breach of the Edo State Procurement Law and different extant legal guidelines and procedures.

In an announcement, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie (Esq.), stated the fee is to be chaired by Hon. Justice J.U. Oyomire (rtd), with Prof. Emmanuel Obaseiki-Ebor, Mrs Elizabeth Uwaifo, Enemaku Hilary Igemoh Esq., as members, whereas Mr Anthony Izevbekhale (Esq.) is to function the fee’s secretary.

“The appointment takes immediate effect,” he famous.

Speaking additional, Ogie stated the phrases of reference of the fee contains: “To conduct a detailed inquiry into the processes leading to the conceptualization, design, construction and equipping of the Benin Specialist/Central Hospital Extension (originally designated as the Accident and Emergency Unit) and determine if same were in breach of the Edo State Procurement Law and other extant Laws and procedures in that regard.”

Others, in line with him, are: “to inquire into the process of tendering for, award, execution and payment for all contracts arising from and/or connected with the Benin Specialist/Central Hospital Extension and to determine if such payments (s) were made in compliance with extant laws.”

The fee can be charged: “to verify the details and dates of construction carried out on the project and equipment supplied on the Hospital project and to determine if same were in line with the contract stipulations and timelines”.

According to him, they’re to “identify any losses and/or damages incurred or suffered by the Edo State Government and to further identify all persons responsible for such losses or damages”.

Ogie famous that the fee will “make appropriate recommendations for such disciplinary civil or criminal sanctions to be meted out against any persons found to be responsible for such losses or damages suffered by Edo State Government arising from failure to follow extant Laws and procedures.

Other tasks include, “To make recommendations to Government to prevent a reoccurrence of such breaches, losses or damages in the future and make such further recommendations to the Government as may be considered by the Commission.”

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