EFCC Will Soon Pounce On Failed Contractors In Delta


Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, has revealed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will investigate and prosecute failed contractors or whosoever was involved in the multi-billion naira construction and development of Ugborodo New Town, Warri, Delta State. Sagay disclosed this when he received aggrieved Itsekiri mothers led by an activist, Chief (Mrs) Rita Lori Ogbebor, in his office at Surulere in Lagos, who had come to solicit his support on the issue. He said, “I will take this up,” adding that there was need for the Itsekiri to put in place a structure like the Ijaws and Urhobos that would monitor how things were being run in a proper manner to the benefit of all. The PACAC chairman, while acknowledging that Ishekiri women were already mobilised towards this goal, tasked the youth in the area to rise up, get together and put a stop to the menace. “We must have a structure in place, something that would serve as a monitoring committee. We have to do it. The Ijaws will not accept this; the Urhobos will not accept such. “Apart from me taking this up and ensuring they are investigated by EFCC, the women are mobilised. The youth must rise up, the youth need to get together and put a stop to it. It mustn’t continue,” he vowed. He noted that the act of diverting money meant for Itsekiris was a recent development, saying that such “devilish thing” was unheard of “in days of Shagari” as decent people were involved in the running of affairs in the area. Youth must organise and put a stop to this.” Sagay contended that those who had been involved in the said fraud had continued to perpetrate the act because they knew nothing would happen to them. Speaking earlier, Chief (Mrs) Ogbebor, lamented the plight of her people, who, she said, were helpless and suffering due to the failed contracts since 1999, and the need to save Ugborodo from being washed away by sea. “We are Itsekiri mothers from the Warri Kingdom in Delta State. We have come to see you as our illustrious son and elder, who has been very vocal on all matters in this country where illegality, evil, marginalisation and above all, corruption is practised. You have spoken without fear. “It is for this reason that we are sure you were made the chairman of the Anti- Corruption Committee, which responsibilities you are carrying out diligently,” she said. On the construction and development of the New Ugborodo Town, Ogbebor disclosed that monies meant for the project since 1999, including a sum of $6million by Chevron, N1billion by DESPADEC in 2011, had so far translated to 15 units of bungalows at foundation level.

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