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Gov. Okowa denies being contractor of N2.2bn new secretariat

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has denied allegations that he is the contractor of the N2.2 billion new Central Secretariat Complex.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports this follows approval by the Delta State House of Assembly of an upward review of the contract fund for the construction of the new secretariat.

“I must be a good contractor because the contractor handling that project is doing well,” the Governor said, adding “I keep telling people I’m not the contractor but wish I’m the one”.

The House had approved the request of Okowa for the upward review of the contract of the construction of the new central secretariat complex by N2.2 Billion on Tuesday.

The Governor’s request was contained in a letter sent to the House and read by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori.

According to the letter, Governor Okowa said the State Executive Council had approved an upward review of the contract for  the construction of the new central secretariat complex undertaken by North China Construction Nigeria Limited by N2.2 Billion.

He said due to the urgency in bringing all Ministries, Departments and Agencies under one roof to reduce the cost of governance, it became necessary to complete the project in record time by ensuring adequate funding bearing in mind it’s importance as one of the flagship projects of  the present administration.

The Governor noted that the Council at it’s  meeting held on May 21, 2019 considered and approved the term loan financing of the upward review to the sum of N2.2 Billion.

He said the purpose of the letter was to seek a resolution of the House in support of the term loan financing of the upward review in respect of the new secretariat complex project .

The Deputy Speaker, Ochor Ochor moved separate motions for the House to receive the letter for further consideration and approve it and was seconded by Emeka Nwaobi and Reuben Izeze.

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Similarly the House approved another request from the State Governor for discount of the Federal Government Promissory Note Issued by the Debt Management Office to settle debts for works executed on Federal roads in the State.

The request of the  Governor was contained in a letter to the House read by the Speaker Oborevwori.

According to the letter,  Governor Okowa said the executive council at the same meeting of May 21, 2019 approved the discount of the federal government promissory note of N34,430,396,876 only by the Central Bank of Nigeria at a discount rate of nine percent per annum.

He said the executive council also approved the payment of consultancy fee of N1,128,807,251.28 to the Nigeria Governor’s Forum Consultant GSCL Consulting.

Governor Okowa said the purpose of the letter was to seek a resolution of the House in support of the discount and payment of consultancy fee.

Thereafter, Deputy Speaker Ochor moved separate motions for the House to receive and approve the request and was seconded by Oboro Preyor and Tim Owhefere.

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