Multimillion naira scam: See abandoned projects in Imo state (Photos)

These are not the best of times for some contractors handling various infrastructural projects at the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, as they are being owed millions of naira after funds meant to pay them were allegedly diverted by Alex Mbata, a close ally of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The entrance of Imo state University, (IMSU) Owerri.

Abandoned projects now decorate the campus of Imo State University, (IMSU) Owerri due to alleged diversion of funds by the pro-chancellor and chairman of council, Alex Mbata.

Recall that Naij.com about a month ago reported on an alleged multimillion naira scam rocking IMSU following the lodging of the sum of N800 million released for capital projects at the institution in a bank account so as to use the profit for personal purposes.

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The projects under the TETFund 2011/2012/2013 consolidated projects were awarded to contractors for the construction of various buildings at IMSU’s Owerri campus.

But of the projects have been abandoned following the alleged diversion of the sum of N800 million meant to pay the contractors by Alex Mbata, Okorocha’s right hand man.

However, the school authority has dismissed allegations that funds released by TETFund have been diverted to a fixed deposit account.

The public relations officer of the institution, Ralph Njoku-Obi in a telephone chat with our correspondent had said there was no truth in the report that all contractors working on projects in IMSU had stopped working.

He said work was still on-going on the senate building, the news library and other projects, adding that those contractors who had stopped work probably needed to sort out some grey areas.

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On the contrary however, when Naij.com visited IMSU, in Owerri, it found out that the institution’s campus in was filled with abandoned building projects left at different stages of completion.

See pictures of some abandoned IMSU TETFund project sites:

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An abandoned TETFund project at the faculty of science construction site.

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Another abandoned project at the faculty of science construction site.

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This is an abandoned TETFund project at the faculty of education annex construction site, one of the many abandoned projects decorating the IMSU Owerri campus.

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Another abandoned TETFund project at the faculty of education annex construction site.

Abandoned TETFund project at the faculty of business construction site.

A TETFund project at the faculty of business construction site left uncompleted due to alleged diversion of payment funds.

Another sbandoned TETFund project at the faculty of business construction site.

An uncompleted structure at the faculty of business construction site.

IMSU TETFund projects are hampered by the seizure for usury of TETFund by governing council and IMSU management committee. Governor Okorocha has refused to intervene because Alex Mbata, allegedly responsible for the fund diversion is his right-hand man.

Some contractors who spoke with our correspondent said all TETFund projects which are capital projects in IMSU have been abandoned because money is not being advanced to the contractors in charge.

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