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Obaseki Probes Controversial Benin Specialist Hospital Contracts

A file picture of Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja.



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

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, disclosed this in an announcement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

According to him, the state authorities has constituted a Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in depth investigation into the method resulting in the conceptualisation, design, development and equipping of the hospital.

The fee, Ogie famous, was additionally requested to find out if there was a breach of the Edo State Procurement Law and different extant legal guidelines and procedures.

He revealed that the fee can be chaired by Justice J.U. Oyomire (rtd), with Mr Anthony Izevbekhale to function its secretary.

The members are Professor Emmanuel Obaseiki-Ebor, Mrs Elizabeth Uwaifo, and Mr Enemaku Igemoh.

“The appointment takes immediate effect,” the SSG said.

He stated the phrases of reference of the fee embrace, “To conduct a detailed inquiry into the processes leading to the conceptualisation, 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 keeping 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 were made in compliance with extant laws.

“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.”

Ogie added that the fee would establish any losses and/or damages incurred or suffered by the state authorities and to additional establish all individuals liable for such losses or damages.

He famous that it might additionally make acceptable suggestions for such disciplinary civil or prison sanctions to be meted out towards any individuals discovered to be liable for such losses or damages suffered by the state authorities arising from failure to observe extant Laws and procedures.

Another process of the fee is, “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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