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Imo govt orders contractor to refund N1.4bn mobilisation fee, bans levies in schools

The Imo State government has banned the collection of levies in primary and secondary schools in the state.

The government warned that any school head, principal or headmaster, caught in the act will be summarily dealt with.

It also ordered the contractor handling the Naze/Nekede/Ihiagwa/Obinze road to refund the mobilization fee of N1.4 billion advanced to his company without further delay.

The Governor, Hope Uzodinma gave these warnings during a meeting of the state executive council held on Thursday in Owerri, the state capital.

He had directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. C.O.C Akaolisa to prevail on the bank that guaranteed mobilization fee to the contractor to refund the money or be forced to do so.

The Governor disclosed that his administration will re-award the contract for the road to a more competent firm as soon as the rains are over.

He equally reiterated the government’s ban on mining by any individual, company or group of companies in the state.

According to him, “It’s unfortunate that some contractors have collected mobilization fee of such amount from the government and disappeared into the thin air. They must refund the money or be forced to do so.

“Similarly, let me warn that anyone engaging in mining or dredging in the state must first submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificate to the State Ministry of Environment for approval.
A committee, chaired by Commissioner for Special Duties, Francis Dibiagwu, has been set up to that effect,” he added.

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