Imo probes, subjects ex-gov Rochas Okorocha’s projects to integrity tests.
Officials from the Council on Regulation of Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) at the weekend commenced integrity tests on projects executed by the immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The exercise, which is at the behest of Governor Emeka Ihedioha, has resulted in remedial works on the flyover at Orji/ Owerri /Okigwe road.
The governor had a couple of days back ordered closure of the infrastructure on account of ‘structural defects.’
Structural engineers and road users had complained of alleged poor projects executed by the immediate past administration.
It was gathered that other projects facing same fate include the Amakohia/Orlu highway, two tunnels along Port Harcourt road, Owerri and some public buildings constructed by Okorocha
The newly constructed 27 general hospitals, police headquarters, prisons headquarters, Chukwudifu Oputa High Court premises and a number of schools put in place by the past administration are also to undergo the scrutiny.
Besides, the governor has approved the constitution of a six-man team to investigate what transpired in the State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC) from May 2011 to May 2019.
A statement yesterday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Uche Onyeagucha, said a retired permanent secretary, Chief R. C. O Ezeogu, was chairing the panel while Mr. K. C. Otuonye is the secretary.
The decision, the statement noted, was the sequel to the June 6, 2019 resolution of the state House of Assembly.
But an aide to the ex-governor, Onwuasonya F. C. C Jones, in a statement on his Facebook wall faulted the move, alleging blackmail by the current administration.
Okorocha had boasted that he executed more than 1,000 verifiable projects in the eight years he governed the state.