We have received the report of the State Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Contracts awarded in Imo State between 2006 and 2019.
They recommended that those who played key roles in the contract awards that turned out to be a scam, which the enquiry had uncovered be made to return the sum of N106 billion (one hundred and six billion naira) to the government.
Present at the submission were all members of the commission, members of the expanded executive council and other government appointees.
Receiving the report, I assured that all those indicted and identified in the report as having played a role in frittering away public funds through criminal ways will be made to return them.
The opportunity will be given to them to return the monies as the State is in dire need of funds to deal with pressing developmental issues in the face of dwindling resources.
To this end, the government will set-up a Review Committee which will look at the documents submitted by the Commission and produce a Whitepaper that will give the Government the actual direction to follow in implementing the report in full.
The mood in the State indicates that the people are anxious to know what government will do with the report and others before it.
Therefore, I assured the Chairman and members that much as Government will not witch-hunt anyone unnecessarily, it will definitely not shy away from implementing to the letter, the recommendations on those who willfully fleeced the State of her scarce resources to serve as a deterrent to future criminals.
I thank the members for taking time to do a thorough job considering the intricacies of their assignment which warranted their visiting project sites and asking difficult questions.
The Government will surely show appreciation for their sacrifices.