The Imo State Probe Panel on Contracts awarded by the administration of former governor Rochas Okorocha sitting at High Court Nine Owerri has frowned at the owner of Gosh project company Ltd, Jeff Okoh for failing to disclose the names of other companies he used to the execute contracts in the state during the Rochas Okorocha era.
The Judicial commission had uncovered some openings in the contracts awarded which made the panel not to discharge him from the subpoena.
“We never knew there were more openings, moreover, you never told us you used other companies to execute your job,” a panel member said to Okoh.
A firm, Garfied Limited used by Mr Jeff Okoh in the execution of a road contract from Fire Service (Mbaise road) to Shoprite at Egbu worth of billions of naira.
Justice Benjamine Iheka who is the panel chairman, insisted that the contract paper issued to Garfied Limited be produced, stating that the development was an eye opener to what may have transpired during that period.
Jeff was questioned on the work he did at International Conference Centre Owerri IICC and Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Ahiajoku centre.
Okoh revealed that the former Principal Secretary to the former governor, Mr Paschal Obi told him to bring quotation alleging that it was also Obi that showed him the job which he did at Chamber of Commerce and Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri.
Okoh also stated that he had an agreement paper between him at the Principal Contractor, Anyim Nyerere.
He stated that N1.5 billion naira was the total amount for the IICC subcontract.
The panel members were surprise that the Okorocha government would still pay Gosh Limited, who did the IICC job despite the fact that the principal contract was fully paid on the same job (approximately N2 billion naira) .
Okoh disclosed that the principal contractor that sublated the IICC job to him was Anyim Nyerere.
Okoh went further to display how he was paid from Government House on the contracts he handled for Imo Government during Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s era.
Okoh revealed that Treasury House and Chamber of Commerce were executed on direct labour stating that he do not know the contractors that initially started the job, “what an sure was that the principal secretary showed me the job that I will do for government of Imo State.”
Okoh also stated that he supplied Hospital Bed for the Naval Hospital at Agbala Owerri North at the tune of six million naira.
Okoh further revealed how petrol and diesel were dispensed at the Government House, Owerri during the Okorocha era, stating that he was paid in bulk as a bulk supplier.
A panel member expressed amusement that Okoh would still dispense the same petrol and diesel he was contracted to buy.
Okoh however explained to the panel that it was his boys that handle the managing of the fuel at government house. He stated that a fuel dump was part of the government house facility management.
Okoh stated that he started the Ahiajoku project from carcass level and also supplied the whole of air conditions units used there without knowing the main contractor for the project.
Okoh stated that he received N560m out of N760m which was the project cost. He stated that he supplied chairs for the Chamber of Commerce but denied ever received any money for Orji Flyover.
The panel then demanded that he provide documents relating to the hospital project as well as that of chamber of commerce.
The hearing was adjourned to the 23rd of May.