Did you execute a contract and yet to be paid? Was your property demolished without compensation? If you answered “YES” to any of these two questions then continue reading 😀
Imo state government has revealed that two committees have been set up to look into complaints of alleged non payment of contract sums and compensation for the demolition of properties and forceful acquisition of community and individual land for development by the government.
Making the announcement at the extra expanded Exco meeting held at the IMO International Convention Center, Owerri, the state capital on Thursday, November 10, 2016, Governor Rochas Okorocha said that the Contract Committee is headed by a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Okpara, while that of Demolition/Compensation is headed by the state Commissioner for Lands.
The Governor said that the constitution of the two Committees was in response to the gale of complaints regarding alleged non payment of contract sums to contractors by the state government and those on demolition of properties in the course of the ongoing road expansion exercise and accusations of forceful acquisition of community and individual lands.
Governor Okorocha said that the state government is not indebted to any of its accredited contractors and insisted that those alleging non payment are not government contractors but people who got government contracts through third parties and irregular means. The Governor however advised anyone with genuine claims to approach the Committee for redress.
Governor Okorocha also warned all genuine government contractors who abandoned road projects awarded to them to make sure they are completed before the end of the year or face the long arm of the law as the anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will be invited to take appropriate measures.
Charles Asoluka is the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Public Enlightenment