The belief that Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State is slow and docile in his style of administration in some quarters, especially his political crannies might prove the doubting Thomases wrong as he has concluded arrangement to prosecute those who were mobilized to execute one contract or another and have failed to deliver.
Sources close to the Governor’s office, hinted The Tide that irked by the ways and manner “his friends” diverted the funds they collected as mobilization fees to either construct rural roads or build classroom blocks, the Governor had no alternative then to prosecute the said contractors.
Sources close to government circle had it that, the amount involved in the mobilization exercise as at last month stood at well over two billion naira which they used in building their personal houses as well as purchase expensive cars, rather than executing the contracts.
Some of the contracts were said to have been awarded through the Ministry of Education as the Commissioner for Education; Professor Offiong O Offiong, was alleged to have been queried by the state Governor for failure to monitor the execution of the jobs before now.
Further investigations showed that the Attorney-General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Edward Ogon, has been directed to compile all the names of those who bided and mobilized, but without the execution of such jobs for prosecution in the court. Following the Governor’s hard posture, some of those affected are now running to top politicians in the state begging for their intervention from being prosecuted.
It would be recalled that Governor Liyel Imoke had recently warned that his administration would not hesitate to prosecute any contractor who fails to deliver.
Some opinion leaders in the state said if Governor Imoke, fails to prosecute them because they are his “friends,” this might be a big test for his second term in office. Efforts to get the commissioner to confirm the story proved abortive as he “the commissioner left instructions with his aides that he was too busy with His Excellency’s assignment.”