Steve Seigha, Yenagoa
A leading governorship aspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party and former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. (Amb.) Godknows Boladei Igali, and a former Militant Leader Comrade Eris Paul (aka) General Ogunboss, has yesterday traded words of war over federal government Drainage and Farmland Reclamation projects allegedly awarded to his office since 2010.
Comrade Paul, who have become vocal on social media and a recognized state public commentator queried the former Ambassador to Spain Dr. Boladei Igali, on what happened to the abandoned federal government drainage and farmland reclamation project meant to promote the cultivation at the Peremabiri Rice Farms located at the Peremabiri Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
According to him: “This is a project of over half a billion naira from the Ministry of Water Resources sometime 2010 and Amb. Igali was directly responsible in terms of negotiations with the Community but this is 2019, the project is still in barren emptiness and smudged foundation.
”The project was to serve as major source of water supply to the Peremabiri Rice Farms from the River. These are people who are saying that they wants to serve humanity and turn Yenagoa to Singapore or Dubai if they are elected as governor.
“Let Amb. Igali explain to Bayelsans what is still holding this project uptil now?”, he quried.
Responding to allegations, Amb. Boladei Godknows Igali said the ex-militant leader is on the move to tarnish and drag his name to the mud due to alleged political differences.
But he said the drainage and farmland reclamation project was awarded to the ministry adding that the project was conceived on assumption of office as permanent secretary in the Water Resources Ministry during the administration of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan but was abandoned by the federal government.
According to him, ”I see that you are doing everything to drag my name to unnecessary controversy as you promised during the period of the 2019 general elections. Unfortunately for you, I am never afraid to speak for myself.
Saddly there are many young people who do not try to reason but easily join to cheer very loud, whenever a senior person is been insulted. Its too bad.
“My simple sin against you is being the fact that, as a member of PDP, I supported Hon. Moses Marlon, now member of Bayelsa State House of Assembly against your APC candidate, whom I also considered as a younger brother. You had then called me on phone and threatened to hurt me. Yes, you may be dreaded and known for violence, but I have kept quiet because the power of life and death is in the hands of Jehovah God, the keeper of Israel. Thereafter, you have always taken to the social media to write all manners of lies, blackmail and misinform people about me.
“Again, I continuously ignored you because the power to lift up and down is beyond any human being, including you and l.
“I took over office as Permanent Secretary in May, 2010, when the budget had already been passed but had to look for funds everywhere from the Federal System to commence because I believe in the project.
“Unlike other leaders, I never took the project to my nearby community, Enawari, which is also part of the rice belt but Peremabiri, since it has better prospects. Contract was eventually awarded to a company by the ministerial tenders board.
“The project was awarded to 1st Project Perspective Limited. The Contractor’s name is stated on the project signboard and details of ownership can be traced to corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). In 2011 and 2012, I ensured sustainable funding for the project. At the beginning of 2013, I was transferred out of the Water Resources Ministry. It is sad that this my pet project is presently like 14,000 others abandoned by the Federal Government”, he stated.