House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committee on Water Resources to investigate the current status of the N800 million Okpella Water Scheme with a view to determine the level of work done by the contractor engaged by the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF.
The committee was also directed to determine the input of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources since the project was taken over by the ministry.
The resolution followed a motion on the “Need to investigate the Purported Completion of the Okpella Water Scheme” sponsored by Hon. Abubakar Momoh.
In his lead debate, Momoh stressed that there was need to probe the allegation by the Government of Edo state that Federal Ministry of Water Resources siphoned the sum of N800 million earmarked for the completion of the water scheme.
He revealed that the water scheme was awarded in 1998 by the defunct PTF to four different contractors – Rotary Group Ltd, Sibga Services Ltd, Johnson Steel Company and Golcon Engineering Company.
Momoh expressed worry that there was nothing on ground to justify the colossal amount that had allegedly been committed to the project.
The lawmaker raised alarm that if steps were not taken to identify the cause of delay in completing the project in spite of the amount of money already spent, the project would remain abandoned.
In its resolution, the House further directed the Committee to ascertain the total amount spent on the project so far.

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