Re: DLR- Sahara Report – Rejoiner sent to Sahara Reporter
SarnerPFM Resorts Limited Rejoinder to the Publication of Governor Uduaghan Accused Of Using Multi-Billion Naira Oleri Leisure Park As Conduit Pipe, Awards Contract To Daughter- Setting The Record Straight
The attention of Management of SarnerPFM Resorts Limited in Delta State of Nigeria has been drawn to a publication by Sahara Reporters of Thursday August 29, 2013 as regards the Delta Leisure Resorts. The misguided, mischievous reporter claimed to have gathered his baseless and unsubstantiated allegations from sources, among them an unidentified self proclaimed former commissioner in the current Governor of Delta State cabinet. We wish to state in clear terms that the said publication be disregarded in its entirety as the information contained therein is not only false, misleading but lacking in merit.
Having observed with keen interest the completely self serving spirited attempts to comprehensively misrepresent the true situation with respect to the project, it has become imperative and timely that the unsuspecting public be informed of the true situation of the park, hence this rejoinder.
Regarding the allegation that the sitting governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has sunk several billion naira on the Project as a conduit for looting state funds.
The allegation that the sitting governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has sunk several billion nairas on the Project as a conduit for looting state funds is totally false, baseless, malicious and libelous to the person of the Governor, the project and stake holders to project. The Delta Leisure Resorts is a Public Private Partnership Project. The sitting Governor of Delta State has not release any kobo to the project apart from providing infrastructure facilities such as a bridge which not only provide access to the park, but access for 3 villages which has been cut off for years, beautification of main roads in the cities to prevent it from looking like a slump where people are currently causing environment hazards by dumping their rubbish on the middle of the road and cars driving through the road median knocking down pedestrian.
These support Projects are not carried out by SarnerPFM Resorts Limited but duly appointed and reputable contractors, such as FAK Construction company and Dismpro for Oleri Bridge, FAK for beautification and Nigeria Westminster Dredging and Marine for reclamation. All these projects are funded directly by SarnerPFM with government subsequently refund upon issuance of certificates duly signed by all stake holders. The contractors are paid directly by the bank and the accounts are available for all to verify.
Delta State government does not mobilize or award any contract directly to SarnerPFM Resorts Limited outside the signed MOU with the government. SarnerPFM Resorts Limited does not take or received any funds from contractors for project awarded.
Regarding the state of construction on the project
There are works currently on-going on the park itself. The staff-quarters are near 60% completion, the directors’ quarters are 30% completion, the staff quarters in Asaba 95% completion. Intensive construction work is about to commence on the self catering villas, hotels, sport village infrastructure, retail villa, earth work at both sites from September 2013. Over 70% of the specialist work on the theme park are being done overseas and have been procured. 95% of top name operating brands for the park have been signed and contracted with license fees paid.
The Supporting Infrastructure Projects has a lot to show for money that has been expended on it as several construction works has reached their final stage of completion. The Oleri-Aladja Bridge connecting over three communities as well as providing access road to the park has reached 70% completion, the beautification and casting of the road median is well advancing, the insti casting is 90% completion and electrification 90% completed. Reclamation Project is 70% completion. These on-going projects are not only visible to the blind but audible to the deaf. The design stage of the parks which is the most difficult stage in the development of a resort of this magnitude has reached completion. Only mischief makers and people bereaved of basic knowledge of resorts development will deny this fact. To keep pace with the state of development in the park, kindly visit: http://www.deltaleisurepark.com/.