The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State Government to investigate the finances of the state under the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi was on Thursday informed of how the Fayemi administration verbally awarded a contract for the supply of 156 vehicles and that 17 vehicles were presented to the government as gifts.
The disclosure was made by an official of Coscharis Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Justin Ighene, who was guided by the company’s counsel, Mr. Jiya Peter, in presenting the document he submitted before the commission.
Ighene said Coscharis Motors was only given letter of award of contract to supply 59 vehicles while 156 vehicles were supplied based on verbal directive from Dr Fayemi, who nw serves as Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals.
Ighene’s evidence contradicted a letter written by Coscharis Motors to the Ministry of Local Government dated May 2, 2014.
Counsel to the commission, Mr Sunday Bamise, led Mr. Shittu Rotimi, who is the Principal Technical Officer in the General Administration Department, Transport Pool, Government House, Ado-Ekiti, in reading out the content of the exhibit he tendered yesterday.
Mr. Shittu, who is in charge of procurement, furniture and distributions of the state’s vehicles, maintained that 219 vehicles were received by his office and not 235 as indicated in Coscharis Motors letter to the Ministry of Local Government dated May 2, 2014.
Other witnesses who appeared before the commission yesterday and cross examined today were Mr. Samuel Akinjide Akinleye of the Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Title and Mr. Shola Ogunmiluyi.
The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Salias Oyewole, adjourned the proceedings till Friday, September 8, 2017 for further proceedings.