Determined to ensure the recovery of all illegally acquired land and property by the previous administrations in Imo state, Governor Hope Uzodinma has extended the tenure of the Investigative Panels and Judicial Commissions of Inquiry, set up by the Emeka Ihedioha administration, on contracts, land acquisition and others.
The Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts Awarded from June 2011 to May 2019, Justice Benjamin Iheka, who confirmed the extension during an interview with newsmen in Owerri, said the governor approved the renewal of the mandate of all the investigative panels and judicial commissions of inquiry after meeting with the panellists in keeping with his mantra of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery.”
Justice Iheka while explaining the task before his Commission, said: “We have finished taking evidence from all the petitioners/claimants and we have started inviting all government functionaries that played any part in the contracts awarded within the period under review. They are expected to start appearing before the Commission on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.”
Governor Uzodinma noted while renewing the commissions’ mandate: “I acknowledge that government is a continuum. This administration will not go into witch-hunting, rather, will continue from where the previous administration stopped particularly in areas that will impact positively on the living standard of Imo people.”
The renewed Committees included the Judicial Panel on Lands and Related Matters headed by Justice Ijeoma Ogugua, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts Awarded from 2011 till date, headed by Justice Benjamin Iheka.
The others are the Visitation Panels for Imo State University, Teaching Hospital Orlu, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, and the Committee for the Investigation of Local Government Administration from 2011-2019, headed by Chief Eze Duruiheoma, SAN, among others.
Governor Uzodinma charged the Committees to “continue with the good job, stressing that “In our little way, we shall encourage you to turn in an objective report that will meet the yearnings of the good people of Imo State.”