Delta State Executive Council Set To Receive Memo On Deliberations To Buy Uduaghan Wife’s Multi-Billion Naira Private School
Sahara Reporters has learned that the Delta State Executive Council is now set to receive a memo and commence immediate deliberation on how to buy over the controversial multi-billion Naira state of the art private school, 'Master Care International School', belonging to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan's wife, Mrs. Sheila Roli Uduaghan.
Mrs. Uduaghan had forcefully grabbed government land which originally belonged to the State House of Assembly for its proposed police station and a clinic, and erected a gigantic multi-billion Naira private school comprising a crèche, nursery, primary, secondary and a school of theology.
Scene of the private school built by Sheila Uduaghan
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Some members of the House steadfastly told SaharaReporters that the land in fact belongs to the House. The land, and which (body of government owns it) cannot be disputed, they asserted. These sources also acknowledged the possibility that the Delta State Executive Council will buy back the land, something that has happened in the past.
“I can confidently tell you now that, the state Exco is set receive a memo which shall give a nod to the buying over of the controversial multi-billion naira state of the art private school belonging to Governor's wife, Mrs. Sheila Roli Uduaghan,” an insider told SaharaReporters.“The governor knows that because of the series of controversies that had continued to trail the school, immediately after he leaves office, the school might be seized and taken from his wife hence the plans of the state government to purchase the private school from Mrs. Uduaghan.”
“The governor is trying to avoid what happened to Mrs. Nkoyo Ibori, wife of the former governor, Chief James Ibori, where after using state funds to build a private hospital at Agbarho, the hospital was later confiscated. This is the same scenario the governor is trying to guild against in the future when he leaves office as a governor.” another source revealed.
According to another government house source “Governor Uduaghan is also afraid that he and his wife may be probed by anti-graft agencies following the way and manner the gigantic project was executed, as a result they have made up their minds to sell the property to the state government which they consider that can pay double of the total amount used in executing the project.”
A few months ago, during a press conference to mark the 3rd anniversary of the 5th assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly, Assembly Speaker Peter Onwusanya disowned the controversial government plot owned by the House. Done seemingly to protect his new job, the new speaker said that the house “[could not] confirm if the land [belonged] to them,” and he added that the issue of the land “belonged to the government.”
Members of the house described the speaker's action as “unfortunate” and self-serving.
“It's not a hidden matter. Just ask workers in the Assembly, they will tell you the truth, that the land is ours. But because of the powers that be, the governor's wife grabbed the land from the house with force,” one of the lawmakers had stated.
Responding to the alleged readiness of the state exco to receive and deliberate on the memo allowing the state government to buy the private school from Uduaghan's wife, the state information Commissioner, Chike Ogeah, simply stated “Please ignore all rumors”
Despite this, news of the state government's plan to buy over the controversial multi-billion Naira property is rapidly spreading in Delta State.