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N27bn Fraud Rocks Delta IPP Project – Leadership

January 16, 2013

A contract awarded for the Independent Power Project (IPP) in Oghara home of the former Governor of Delta State,  James Ibori,  at the cost of N27billion two years ago, is currently rocking the state as the project site  has been overgrown with weeds, leaving the multi-billion naira project abandoned.

Although the contract work is reportedly being handled by a highly placed Assembly member, but the litany of abandoned projects in the state has caused disquiet among stakeholders who yesterday commenced a protest match to press home their anger.

The stakeholders many of whom were septuagenarians and octogenarians were armed with copies of petitions written to the anti-graft commissions including ICPC to urgently look into the fraudulent activities of the contractor.

A copy of the petition obtained by LEADERSHIP and signed by one Comrade Wilso Ogoro stated that billions of naira has been wasted on frivolous projects especially the IPP.

LEADERSHIP sources revealed that out of the N27billion cost of the project, the sum of N14billion was paid to the contractor who only mobilised few workers to the site and few days later abandoned the project to rodents and weeds.

LEADERSHIP checks revealed that concerned Oghara Youths had last weekend threatened to expose the contractor who was alleged to have sent handsome gifts to placate their anger.

However, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah,   told LEADERSHIP that series of petitions to the anti-graft commissions were frivolous adding that the IPP project, Warri Industrial Park and the Asaba International Airport are evidence that the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is doing well in the development of the state in the last five years.

Source: Leadership


Delta State House of Assembly, Asaba

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