A former Commissioner of
Transport in the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Orobosa
Omo- Ojo, has opened a can of worms on the administration of the comrade
governor in a book, “Breach of Trust, An eyewitness account of political events
in Edo state before and under Adams Oshiomhole’s watch”.
Omo-Ojo who has since fallen apart with his erstwhile boss, explained his sack
as Commissioner in January this year, saying that his removal was because he
refused to divulge details of his meetings with some perceived enemies of
He alleged in the book that the state government spent N14 billion to
design website for the Edo Open Portal project and urged the Economic and
Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the project.
According to Omo-Ojo, it would be
a cruel fate to Edo people if the EFCC failed to investigate the Open Portal
project and others in the ICT including biometrics, oracle, internet
provision for Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
He alleged that the open portal was a deception, designed as a cover-up for the
growing criticism of lack of transparency in government operation and a means
to justify the $225 million World Bank loan which was equivalent to N50 billion.
Besides, the former Commissioner alleged that Oshiomhole spent N500 million to
pursue vice presidential ambition and granted Certificate of Occupancy waiver
to Alhaji Aliko Dangote worth N1.08 billion for the establishment of a
fertilizer plant, just as he described Oshiomhole’s administration as “mob
government where every one contributes to the affairs of the state without a
clear direction of government policy.
“Working with Oshiomhole is like watching a circus show. There is never a
boring moment. Either he amuses you with sheer energy to talk unending or you
are amazed at his self-delusion as he speaks on every subject like an authority
The only way to reduce priceless
time wasting during meetings is to allow a monologue. This practice led to poor
project execution”, he alleged.
Reacting to the allegations yesterday, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adams
Oshiomhole, Peter Okhiria, said “we have a copy of the book, we will react to
the allegations appropriately.”