Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Tsav Lied, I Was Never The Contractor For Uni Agric-Gbajimba Road- Ortom

By Tahav Agerzua
The attention of the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has been drawn to a statement credited to former Lagos Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Tsav in which he claimed that Governor Ortom was involved in some road contracts in 2004.

“He was involved in the Daudu-Gbajimba road contract for N486, 466, 305. 00 and Uni Agric-Gbajimba road for N267, 079, 540. 00 for which payments were made but these contracts were not executed,” Alhaji Tsav claimed.

The statements which have become a daily narrative from the retired police officer could have been dismissed with a wave of the hand. But it is important to point out just a few contradictions to lay bare the skewed comments which are clearly part of a sponsored attack on the person of Governor Ortom, to also correct the wrong impression and set the records straight.

In 2004, it can be recalled correctly that Tsav was no longer in the service of the Nigerian Police Force and was back to Benue State. This lays the basis for the expectation that he (Tsav) would have got his records straight that Ortom was not the contractor awarded the road construction of the Uni Agric – Gbajima road and that of the Daudu – Gbajimba road.

Let us assume that Abubakar Tsav had forgotten the name of the firm awarded the contracts. However, the threat to file a suit against the Benue State Government in 2012 by former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe accusing the state government of refusing to complete payment for the project (see This Day newspaper of 8th September 2012, also reported in several other media) should have reminded Tsav that the company which handled the said contracts was ‘Value Trust Investment Limited’ owned by Doyin Okupe and not Ortom’s Oracle Business Ltd.

A letter attached here which was signed by Engr. Charles Avul, the then Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport dated January, 2007 has put to rest the issue of who handled the said contracts. The letter clearly identified the name of the company which was awarded rural roads projects including the ones leading to Gbajimba as VALUE TRUST INVESTMENT and not Oracle Business Ltd. It can be seen in the same letter how the contract which was initially awarded to Value Trust Investment Ltd for a period of 24 months with effect from 29th April, 2004 was later extended to terminate on 30th April, 2007

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