Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi Sunday said he has taken a firm, Callifico Turbine Company to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) for breaching about N5billion contract given to it by the state government.
He said the firm, which supplies electricity generating sets known as turbines, deceived the government in the contract.
Receiving reports of committees set up by the government to look into projects in the state at the Exco Chambers Government House, Abakaliki, Umahi said: “We have taken only Callifico to EFCC, we have not taken any other contractor to EFCC.
“The major reason we are angry with the man that is handling the project is that we gave him a contract of $12m dollars which is close to N5bn now to supply brand new turbines and he bought second hand, refurbished and to worsen the matter, he said each turbine will take N500million to run every month on diesel. So, where do we see N500million? It is either he doesn’t know what he is talking about or he is very deceitful because there should have been total disclosure before selling us the turbines. No man goes to buy bicycle without knowing the cost of vulcanizer.”
He alsogave former council chairmen in the past administration a seven-day ultimatum to return the sum of N1.7billion they allegedly
misappropriated during their stay in office or face prosecution.