Friday, 13 October 2017

Second Term: Governor Ben Ayade to sell off Water Board to Imoke, Geshom Bassey, Others

|By Ifere Paul|13 October, 2017

Governor Ayade has concluded plans to privatize water board to Lileker (a company jointly owned by Senator Geshom Bassey and Senator Liyel Imoke) as a guarantee for a second term ticket in the PDP.
Two weeks ago during the NorthFest 2017, Governor Ayade held a meeting at the Ranch Resort with Liyel, Gershom, Igile, Engr Etowa, and Ralston (MD Lileker) to seek endorsement for a second term. 
The privatization of water board to Lileker was the instrument brought to the table by Ayade. The agreement has been accepted by Liyel and others, saw Dr Igile, managing Director of Water Board writing to Lileker to submit PPP proposal to water board for immediate approval.

Lileker has requested writing to water board the following items for a smooth takeoff; list of all staff and their position throughout the State, a copy of payroll for all staff, civil servant, casual staff, and contract staff, copy of all pensions/commitment, copy of all litigation, any money left with world bank, and or world bank state on loans to date, etc.

Cross Riverians in a town hall meeting recently organized by water board were so shocked that Governor Ben Ayade is considering privatizing water board.
It is sad that Cross Riverians are forced with the option of accepting the decisions of a few persons like Governor Liyel Imoke.

Even inside the water board facility, all the lands have been sold to friends, relations, and cronies of the governor. According to information available to me, Prof Zana Akpagu also bought a piece of land at the facility for 10 Million Naira. The information also revealed that underground water pipes passed through most of pieces of land that has been sold.