The Education Committee of the Delta State House of Assembly has said it did not call any meeting to probe or investigate the N36m contract for the building of two toilets at the State College of Education, Warri, with the Provost of the College, Mrs Mary Edema, at the center of the storm.
The Committee’s Chairman, Honourable Charles Emetulu, who stated this while speaking on the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting of the Committee with the Provost, the institution’s Governing Council, Higher Education Commissioner, Professor Patrick Muoboghare and some management staff of the College.
He said the contract was awarded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND, in 2017 and not the state government, stressing that issues arising from the pricing and execution of the job should be addressed by the awarding authority.
The Lawmaker debunked claims in some quarters that the Committee was covering up the alleged fraud, insisting that the Committee’s investigation did not find the Provost culpable because there was no vote linked to her for the execution of the toilet projects.
Honourable Emetulu urged the Governing Council of the College and the management team to close ranks and work together for the overall good of the institution.
He reminded them that the institution was set up for a purpose, the actualization of which should be their major concern, adding that the College should make itself relevant in the drive towards the attainment of the Stronger Delta vision of the Okowa administration.