Renovation work is ongoing at the abandoned procurement office in Benin City, with a new signboard mounted at the entrance showing ‘Office of the Deputy Governor’.
This differs from Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu’s office directly behind Governor Godwin Obaseki’s office at the Government House. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/04/obaseki-redeploys-shaibus-in-law-from-the-sports-commission/
There are speculations that the deputy governor may soon relocate to the new office at No 7 Osadebey Avenue, a few metres from the seat of power.
Observers said the move is apparently not unconnected with the rift between Governor Obaseki and deputy governor Shaibu.
The public procurement office was commissioned by a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, on December 16, 2014. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/06/edo-impeachment-saga-pdp-passes-vote-of-confidence-on-obaseki/
One of the workers handling the renovation work, who did not give his name, said the job is expected to be delivered on Monday. He said it was the government that erected the signboard.
He added that he didn’t know what the building would be used for as he had no idea how the signboard emerged.
The commissioner for communication and orientation, Chris Nehikhare, said, “If there is a government signboard saying so, then it must be so.”
Chief press secretary to the deputy governor, Musa Ebomhiana, denied knowledge of any plan to relocate the office outside Government House.
“Until we are formally informed that the deputy governor’s office is outside Government House, we will react appropriately. But for now, I believe it is still in the realm of rumour.
“As a responsible government, certain things should be done normally. I cannot go and resume there because I saw a signboard there. If there is anything like that, they should write him officially because it is a joint ticket,” he said.
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