By Victory Chijioke-Asaba
Following the alleged illegal sales of seviceable heavy duties owned by Delta State Direct Labour Agency, DLA, the present board of the Delta State Direct Labour Agency, led by Mr. Precious Ajaino is currently pushing hard to ensure the immediate past Director-General, Mr. Frank Enekoha is jailed if the information at our disposal is anything to go by.
Dependable sources within the Agency told our correspondent in Asaba that the present board led by Mr. Precious Ajaino is making frantic moves to nail Mr. Enekorogha.
Perfecting the arrangement,the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Works on Tuesday, March 17, rounded off public sitting on the probe of alleged illegal sales of serviceable heavy duty equipment at the Direct Labour Agency, DLA with Mr. Precious Ajaino and his board members in attendance.
The Chairman of the committee, Hon Emeka Nwaobi in his closing remarks, stated that the committee will take a wholistic look at its findings and come up with a report on the investigation.
The Chairman of the committee, Emeka Nwaobi said the committee had gotten all it needed for a detailed report on the investigation but would reconvene when the need arises.
In company of some members of the Committee, including Emmanuel Sinebe, Anthony Elekeokwuri, Emomotimi Guwor and Solomon Ighrakpata, the Lawmakers expressed the determination of the House to help the state government recover all the serviceable heavy duty equipment illegally auctioned at the Direct Labour Agency, DLA.
He said the alleged illegal sales of the serviceable equipment was carried out by the last Board of the Agency led by a former Speaker of the House, Frank Enekorogha, who according to the committee refused to appear before the committee despite invitations extended to him.
Mr. Nwaobi commended those that honored the invitations of the committee to publicly testify
before it of their involvement in the auctioning process at the DLA.
The Lawmakers assured that those not culpable would be exonerated, while recommendations
would be made on those found wanting for appropriate action, saying the illegally sold
equipment must be recovered.
The committee stressed that it was sad for some persons to have connived to auction serviceable machineries acquired by the state government for road construction and maintenance in the state.
In their contributions, Mr. Anthony Elekeokwuri, Emomotimi Guwor, Solomon Ighrakpata and Emmanuel Sinebe, reiterated the commitment of the committee towards ensuring that the state recovers all the alleged illegally sold properties of the DLA.
The Lawmakers alleged that diligent and due process were not followed in the auctioning, maintaining that the sad aspect of the exercise was sales of equipment that were serviceable and still very useful and needed in the agency’s operations.
They decried the manner at which the last board operated against the detects of relevant laws
in the state including that establishing the Direct Labour Agency, DLA.
A member of the last board of the DLA, Mr Blessing Enamuotor who was reappointed into the present board of the agency, alleged that the sales of the equipment were solely executed by the then Director General of the board, Fran Enekerogha, stressing that members were unaware of the auctioning exercise.
He appealed that himself and the others be exonerated as they knew nothing about the
transactions, saying that their image and integrity was at sake.
The Chairman of the committee, Emeka Nwaobi reassured that the committee will not
indict anyone not culpable in the alleged illegal sales of the equipment.
According to investigations, some major actors in the auctioning of the equipment, including the Board of Survey, the Auctioneer and some management staff of the agency gave account on their involvement in
the exercise and tendered documents that would assist the committee in the probe exercise.