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Ebonyi House orders CCECC to refund N600m




FOLLOWING the state government’s termination of its contract for the construction of a section of the Abakaliki-Enugu Expressway, the Ebonyi State House of Assembly has ordered the Chinese Civil and Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to refund about N600 million to the government with immediate effect.

The resolution was made yesterday after the Humphrey Nwurukwu-led House ad hoc committee that investigated the state of the road presented its report, which indicated that the level of work done was not commensurate with the money spent on the project so far.

The road, which extends from the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) permanent site to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat, spans about 5.7km and was earlier awarded to SETRACO by the Federal Government, before ex-governor Martins Elechi re-awarded a section of it to CCECC for dualisation.

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1 Comment
  • Victor Hamman

    It is good that the peoples’ Governor has taken
    a bold step.

    He has to start on a clean slit as the sacked
    appointees were appointed by the former Governor.

    The peoples’ Governor has to take the step further.
    It is about the Development Centres. Do Ebonyi
    state and it’s people really need the Development

    The so called Development Centres are they really
    bringing any development to the grassroots.

    I think the answer is obvious. The Development
    Centres is not bringing anything good to the
    people of Ebonyi State. It only serves as a
    conduit pipe to siphon the financial resources
    of the State.

    It is then imperative for the peoples’ Governor
    (Umahi) to quickly begin the process of winding
    up the 64 development Centres.

    Umahi should send a bill to the state House of
    Assembly to proscribe the 64 development Centres
    as they do not add value to the well being of the
    people of the state.

    Moreover, the present economic situation of Nigeria and
    Ebonyi State in particular, reveals it can not cope with
    the demand of servicing 64 development Centres and
    it’s attendant consequences.

    Ebonyi State should revert back to 13 local Government
    Area that is constitutionally recognized. We should do
    away with the 64 development Centres so as to free
    money with which to carry out real infrastructural
    projects that our dear state Ebonyi is critically
    in need of.

    The process of proscribing the 64 development
    Centres will not be difficult. All the peoples’
    Governor needs to do in order to achieve this is
    to engage critical stake holders such as civil
    society organization, church leaders, traditional
    leaders, community leaders, political class, rural
    populace etc.

    As you consider and take a bold step to proscribe
    the 64 development Centres through an act of the
    State House of Assembly, i pray that our Good
    Lord will see you through — Amen