Abuja-Kano Road: PDP Demands Review of N2:12bn Per Kilometer Road Cost

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands an immediate review of the
375 kilometer Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road reconstruction contract,
following the unearthing of corrupt padding in the N797.23 billion
contract recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The party also demands for an open probe into the criminal padding of
the contract from the original N155 billion to an outrageous and
indefensible N797 billion, with a whooping N642 billion apparently
earmarked to be shared among corrupt officials.

With the approved N797 billion, for a 375 kilometer road, the Buhari
Presidency is claiming to be reconstructing a kilometer of road with an
outrageous and inexcusable N2.12 billion; an huge slap on the
sensibilities of Nigerians.

While our party restates our total support for the reconstruction of
this very important road, the PDP insists that it will be against the
interest of the nation to allow criminal elements in the Buhari
administration to hide under the project to steal a staggering N642
billion which ought to be channeled to other projects that would benefit
the people.

Our nation was jolted a the level of corruption in the Buhari presidency
wherein Mr. President could approve a fraudulent contract padding to the
tune of N642 billion at the time our nation is battling with serious
economic challenges and infrastructural stagnation.

The PDP charges President Buhari to heed to the demands by Nigeria and
immediately effect the review in the interest of the nation, before any
releases are made.

The review by Mr. President would douse tension already generated by the
revelations of this attempt by fraudulent officials to swindle the
nation as well as restore the confidence of the people in our system.

Our party holds that the N642 billion which would recovered through the
review should be channeled to fix other important roads in the region as
well as other parts of our country, which have become death traps
following a distressing neglect by the Buhari administration.

Moreover, the PDP tasks the Buhari Presidency, to come clean on this
blasphemous attempt to swindle our nation, by instituting and allowing
an open investigation on this criminal act by relevant statutory bodies
including the National Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).

The PDP demands that the investigation should cover the office of the
Secretary to the Federation, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
the Office of The Accountant General of the Federation, the Budget
Office as well as other officials of the Buhari administration connected
with the criminal contract inflation.

What Nigerians expect now is for Mr. President to show that he has not
been overwhelmed by the corruption in his Presidency by taking decisive
steps to investigate the matter and ensure the prosecution of all those
involved, no matter how close they are to him.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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