Apparently piqued by the rate projects were abandoned in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has appointed qualified consultants to review all abandoned projects by previous administrations.
Bello in his Democracy Day broadcast to the people of the state, yesterday, said he had ordered all contractors that abandoned their projects back to site when he assumed duty.
According to him, “We discovered that most of the contractors who rushed back to site when we assumed office had abandoned those projects before but have no hiding place, ‘they can run but can’t hide’.
“This has kept us wondering how many other projects exist for which the state has made payments and received little or no value?”
According to him, his administration has appointed consultants to review all abandoned projects and advice on the way forward.
Bello vowed to sustain and complete deserving projects not minding the initiators.
He advised other contractors who have abandoned their work without giving value for the money committed to the projects to quietly return to site and complete their obligations as his government would not tolerate corruption when discovered.
To plug all financial leakages he said he has setup fiscal responsibility committee to assist in overseeing the operation of Single Treasury Account (TSA) for the state.
He added that there is also an economic team in place to engage prospective investors by scrutinizing their proposals and selecting the ones that will add value.