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BREAKING: Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja- Kaduna Roads can’t be completed under Buhari ― Reps

BREAKING: Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-
Kaduna Roads can’t be completed under Buhari ― Reps
The House of Representatives Committee on Works, on
Thursday, declared that with the amount of sleaze involved
in the handling of the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-
Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road projects, it
will be impossible for them to be completed and
commissioned by the President Muhammadu Buhari
administration.
Besides, the legislators also described Julius Berger plc, as
incapable of handling the three projects; they suggested
that the road projects be split and shared to other controls
to guarantee speedy completion, as they accused the
company of submitting doctored documents claiming work
done on the projects.
The Chairman of the Committee, Rep Abubakar Kabir (APC-
Kano), made the disclosure yesterday at the National
Assembly Complex, after receiving the submission of the
contractor, Julius Berger on the three projects.
“At the rate at which the slow pace of working is going on,
there is no way that President Buhari will commission 2nd
Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Express Way, Abuja-Kaduna-
Zaria-Kani road, during his tenure”, Rep. Kabir submitted.
The lawmakers who took turns at the opening of the enquiry
to lambaste the construction giant for failing to speed up
the projects, even after collecting N200 billion from
government, the company was slow in handling the key
contracts.
“Despite collecting more than N200 billion, Julius Berger is
still yet to do substantial work on the projects”, Kabir said,
adding that ” The documents presented (By Julius Berger) at
the hearing, are fake”.
The Chairman of the Committee noted that “We are
recommending that these projects should be split and
awarded to other companies because we don’t think Julius
Berger alone, can’t handle them”.
The 2nd Niger Bridge, was awarded for N206,151,693billion,
the Kaduna-Abuja Road, was awarded for N155billion, while
the 1st section of the Lagos-Ibadan road was awarded for
N134billion.
The lawmakers also vowed to prevent any interested party
from relooting the Abacha Loot, earmarked for the projects
by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria to secure
the Abacha looted money, is well-documented, the
government has said the money will be used on these
critical projects, we will not allow the money to be relooted
through inefficiency and corruption.”
According to him, “We cannot sit by and ignore the plight of
Nigerians suffering daily on these roads, we will not allow
the efforts of the President to deliver these projects to
Nigerians, be in vain.”
The House’ enquiry on the three critical projects, followed a
resolution of the House 27th February 2020 mandating its
Committee on Works, to investigate the work done on the
2nd Niger Bridge and the two other road projects, awarded
under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund
(PIDF).

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