By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Contractors who handled projects for Imo State government between May 29, 1999, and May 28, 2007, have blamed the State Ministry of Works and Transport for the problems identified with the projects.
The contractors, who yesterday appeared before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to probe contracts awarded by government ministries, departments and agencies valued at N5 million during the period under review, said the ministry, for instance, was not disposed to allowing the designers of the state secretariat complex supervise the project.
According to them, the designers would have been in a better position to supervise the secretariat complex.
They also maintained that they purchased materials specified by the state government for construction of the complex, adding that the Works Ministry was largely responsible for early dilapidation of the complex.
The contractors also told the commission that the money they contributed for purchase of supervision vehicles was submitted to the supervisory officers, noting that advice given supervising ministries in the execution of the projects fell on deaf ears.
Addressing the contractors that appeared before the commission, Chairman of the commission, Hon. Justice J. Obasi Iwuagwu (rtd), maintained that the commission was just a fact finding body and not out to witch-hunt anybody or group.
“The commission is very conscious of the demands of the circumstances surrounding its responsibility. Any position we take on any issue must find a base in the law,” Justice Iwuagwu assured everybody appearing before the commission.