Why Liyel Imoke’s Tenure As Minister Of Power From 2003-2007 Must Be Investigated By The EFCC and ICPC
By Okoi Obono-Obla
Senator Liyel Imoke of Cross River State’s tenure as Governor of Cross River State of Nigeria will end by the constitutional lapse of time on the midnight of 29th May 2015.
By the 30th May 2015, Senator Imoke‘s constitutional immunity from prosecution as Governor would have come to an end.
Senator Liyel Imoke was Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2003 to 2007.
He was prior to his appointment as Minister the Chairman of the Technical Committee on NEPA set up by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to address the serious problems then grappling the defunct NEPA.
Senator Imoke’s as Minister was put in charge of the strategic Power Sector Reform initiated by then President Olusegun Obasanjo to address the problems of poor electricity, generation; transmission and distribution in the country that had reached endemic proportion by then.
The Federal Government of Nigeria budgeted a whopping $16 Billion for reform of the power sector which Senator Imoke was put in charge as Minister of Power.
However, the power reform programme of then President Obasanjo’s failed spectacularly and woefully under the supervision of Senator Imoke.
It was dogged by massive corruption, graft and incompetence so much so that it failed to meet it set goals.
As a result $16 Billion went down the drain.
Time has come for Senator Imoke to account for his stewardship as Minister and what happened to the $16 Billion.
Senator Imoke must tell us why the whopping $ 7. 8 Million he personally collected for the execution of the contract for the construction of the Jos-Yola Transmission Line was not executed.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt and other Related Commission, ICPC must investigate the expenditure of N16 Billion by Senator Imoke as Minister of Power.
The EFCC must investigate by petition dated the 15th July 2008.
This matter is too sordid and serious to be swept under the carpet.