Government personnel allegedly stole construction equipment under Ayade’s watch, and the assembly recovered it.

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The recovery of heavy duty construction equipment, which was reportedly stolen by some officials during the administration of former governor Ben Ayade, has been confirmed by Elvert Ayambem, the speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly.

The recovery was the result of an inquiry into the theft of 34 pieces of heavy-duty construction equipment held by the state, according to a statement signed by Matrhew Okache, the press secretary to the speaker.

It should be remembered that the House of Assembly firmly stated their intention to retrieve the construction equipment and held those responsible for this deceitful plot accountable in a unanimous vote on Thursday, 22 February, 2024.

The following pieces of construction equipment were seized and placed in the State’s custody as a result of the Assembly’s investigative resolution: 1 1050k Dozzer, 1 payloader, 1 Grader, 1 850J Dozer, 1 Backo, and 2 Excavators.

Seven of the twenty-three heavy-duty trucks and pieces of equipment that were supposed to be returned to Calabar have been returned, according to the statement, which cited the Speaker.

The statement claims that the dearth of powerful transport vessels is to blame for the sluggish progress to Calabar.

According to the statement, the recuperation exercise would go on for another week.

Ayambem stated once again that the legislators will not rest until they get back all thirty of the stolen machines.

He went on to explain that by retrieving the heavy machinery, the Cross River State Government will save over N50 billion.

Additionally, the Speaker emphasized that the 10th Assembly will continue to support Governor Bassey Otu’s administration in its efforts to transform Cross River into a model state.

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