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Contract probe: Enugu contractors ambush Ugwuanyi, Mbaka



ABOUT 70 per cent of government contractors in Enugu State yesterday stormed Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry at Emene, Enugu, in solidarity with the governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuany during his thanksgiving outing at the church.

The governor who drew creams of dignitaries to the church, including his deputy, Cecilia Ezeilo, Speaker of House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi and Chief Judge of the state, Justice Pricilia Emeghelu  among others, said he was at the ministry to appreciate God, ndi Enugu and the Adoration Ministry, especially its Spiritual Director, Fr Ejike Mbaka.

It was gathered that on hearing about Ugwuanyi’s thanksgiving the contractors had decided to seize the platform to ‘buy ‘ favour over the planned probe by the state House of Assembly on some various projects being embarked by some contractors.

National Light gathered that the contractors donated millions of naira towards projects and programmes of the church in support of the governor apparently to placate him on their poor standard execution of projects

It would be recalled that saddened by the proliferation of substandard projects in some parts of the state, House of Assembly last week begun moves towards bringing erring contractors to book.

The House Committee on Works, Housing and Urban Development as part of it’s oversight functions, said, they won’t tolerate any act aimed at short changing the state.

Speaking to newsmen, the committee chairman and member representing Ezeagu constituency, Chima Obieze enumerated steps to hold whoever is found wanting responsible.

“The first step is to encourage the members of the public to come forward with detailed reports of any project done in their area in the last five years that failed.”

These projects according to the lawmakers includes; roads, office buildings and quarters.

Also speaking, the member representing Nsukka West, Dr. Ugwuera Emma said; “not only the contractors that handled the job will have questions to answer, even the supervising agency or ministry will have to explain to ndi Enugu, what happened. We can’t fold our hands and watch such monies appropriated for projects misappropriated.”

Another member of the committee and the member representing Uzo-Uwani constituency in the house, Dr. Josephat Okika said: “As much as we are trying to checkmate the contractors that did these projects, it will also be of great benefit if we also look at some of the activities of some members of the public.”

He called for proper sensitization of the members of the public in helping to keep these infrastructure safe.

The committee then called on the members of the public to submit their written reports between December 10 to 20, 2019 to the Office of the Chairman, House committee on Works, Room 212, Enugu State House of Assembly Complex or via email;,

stressing that the exercise is going to be a win-win situation for the government and good people of Enugu State because people can’t be collecting money for projects and fail to deliver them.

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