Kogi sets up judicial commission over failed contracts since 2003

The Kogi State government, on Wednesday, said it would set up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe failed contracts awarded by previous administrations in the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor,  Kingsley Fanwo, said this was part of the resolutions of the state executive council meeting.

He said after the deliberations, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, approved that contracts handled by the CGC Construction Company and many others from 2003 to 2016 would investigated.

He said: “The council resolved that a judicial panel of inquiry be set up to probe into allegations of failed contracts in the state. Contracts by CGC Construction Company and many others will be probed from 2003 to 2016. This is aimed at ensuring the state is not defrauded through contracts that are capable of damaging the economic future of the state.

“Council also approved the School Farm Scheme Initiative to boost food production and impress the importance of agriculture on pupils and students. It is believed that the programme will boost the financial viability of schools across the state.”

According to him, the programme, when fully implemented, would lead to agricultural revolution in the state.

Apart from this, Fanwo said, “Council made a bold decision to harmonise taxes, levies, rates, fees and charges collectable by ministries, departments and agencies to help boost the internally- generated revenue of the state, curb multiple taxation and enthrone transparency and accountability.”

He quoted the governor to have said his government would be decisive in tackling corruption and waste, urging all council members to drive the new direction agenda.