Interior decoration of Imo Governor’s Lodge cost N24m ― Witness

By Chidi Nkwopara – Owerri

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts, sitting in Owerri, was advised that inside ornament of Imo State Governor’s Lodge price N24 million.

The fee was additionally advised that the sum of N2.2 billion was spent on the renovation of Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri.

The Managing Director of Kingseoul Investment Limited, Chief Kingsley Onyegbule, who disclosed this, whereas answering questions from the witness field, nevertheless, affirmed that he was neither given any contract award letter nor a certificates of completion for any of the initiatives.

“I handled the interior decoration of the Governor’s Lodge for N24 million. I also renovated Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, at a cost of N2.2 billion. If I knew that a day like this will come, I would have insisted on getting my contract award letters and every other job relating to all the jobs I did”, Onyegbule lamented.

Answering a query on the Oguta Motor Park, Chief Onyegbule mentioned he despatched in a invoice of N550 million however was solely paid a bit above N360 million.

While saying that he by no means checked if any firm was given the contract for the renovation of Concorde Hotel earlier than he began work, Chief Onyegbule, nevertheless, mentioned that he shall be stunned to listen to that the sum of N1.7 billion had earlier been paid out for the renovation of the identical lodge by Imo State Government.

Under cross-examination by the fee, Onyegbule affirmed that though he owns the engineering agency, he’s not an expert engineer.

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“My company did erosion control job in Owerri, which was supervised by a Korean engineer. I am not sure that he was a Nigerian registered engineer”, Onyegbule mentioned.

The witness rolled out the roles he did for the federal government, which included the brand new State Police Headquarters, Nigeria Prisons Headquarters, and the High Rise Building.

His phrases: “There had been no formal letter of award for the Police Headquarters, however what guided me was the invoice of portions. This job was above N290 million, however it was introduced all the way down to about N220 million.

“I had no contract agreement with the government in respect of the State Prisons Headquarters. I was not given any certificate of completion.”

He appeared shocked when the fee advised him that the file out there to them confirmed solely three initiatives linked to his firm.

“My Lord, I will not be surprised to hear that apart from the solar street light in Owerri, the Amaraku-Anara road, and the Oguta Motor Park, there is no other record to show that Kingseoul was awarded any other job by the state government”, Onyegbule mentioned.

Hearing continues.

Vanguard News Nigeria.

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