Fashola denies alleged N166bn contract scam

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Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, has dismissed report that the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) has queried him over the award of 10 road and bridge contracts worth N166 billion.

An online news medium had claimed the BPP accused the minister and his ministry of violating laws guiding contract awards in Nigeria in the manner they selected contractors for the projects.

Similarly, on the floor of the senate on Wednesday during plenary, Senator Dino Melaye alleged that some contracts awarded by the ministry were inflated.

He said, “Not that the contractors were just changed, figures also varied. In the first batch of 10, a contract was given to new contractors, who were not assessed by the ministry. After awarding the contract to them, the initial contract awarded for the Muman-Jalingo Road in Adamawa State, was given to a new contractor at N12.8bn as against N11bn that was recommended by the ministry.

“Another contractor was also given a new contract against the recommendation of N10bn; the contract was now awarded at N14bn.”

However, the minister in a statement his special adviser on communications, Hakeem Bello released, has denied any suggestion of his involvement in contract scam.

Denying the report by the online news medium, Fashola said it is fictitious and sensational, saying, “If the Ministry does what is expected of it by law and the institution of government that it went to do its job, in what way does it amount to a mess.”

Fashola said the report contradicted itself by alleging a contract mess and yet admitted that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing followed Due Process by advertising projects to be awarded and sending the list of selected contractors to the Bureau of Public Procurement.

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