Has the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememe, Fooled Nigerians of over N20 Million?

Has the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememe, Fooled Nigerians of over N20 Million?

 “It is on record that Route 1 section 1 Ibadan–Oyo Road, part of the Ibadan–Ilorin Express Motor Way, was fully completed about two years ago and left open since then to the motoring public,” the National Chairman and former Presidential Candidate of the National Action Council said in a statement at the weekend.

He said it was highly embarrassing to read in some newspapers figures given by the Bureau of Public Procurement that the Federal Executive Council had appropriated “the sum of N20,143,078,602.67 as “Augmentation of Contract No. 1793 for Completion of Dualization of Ibadan – Ilorin Road section 1 : Ibadan - Oyo Road in Oyo State among contracts approved for the year 2012,” with the completion period and duration column ominously left out.

“One was therefore left bewildered to see the road completed about two years ago and part of which had started experiencing tears and wear, rots and damages being opened with fanfare Thursday 4th July by Mike Onolememen the Minister of Works further claiming that “the road which would gulp Naira 47.5 billion was in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan,” Dr. Agoro said.

Furthermore, he noted that not only did Onolememen fail to carefully explain to the general public whether the Augmentation Contract sum of N20,143,078,602.67 captured in the aforementioned Federal Government budgetary approval was part of the  N47.5 billion he claimed the road was to gulp, he did not explain the total cost of the Route 1 section 1 Ibadan–Oyo Road he came to declare open.  

By so doing, Dr. Agoro pointed out that the Minister contradicted Section 5, Sub section F of the Public Procurement Act. 2007.

“Naturally in a civilized society devoid of shames of endemic corruption, a responsible minister of government would have considered it a responsibility to give facts and figures on cost implications of projects completed,” calling on Mr. Onolememen to rectify the anomaly if he is enjoy the honour appended to his title.

“As an expert with proven records of global achievements I stand to be challenged and contradicted by the best of Engineers anywhere in the world that the mix-asphalt laden Route 1 section 1 Ibadan–Oyo Road axis declared open by Mike Onolememen although not be best alternative choice for Nigeria, at any rate could not have cost more than N20,143,078,602.67,” the Aladura Patriach declared.

Challenging the quality of the engineering, he stressed that the Route 1 Section 1 Ibadan–Oyo Road was not professionally and technically ‘Hard Core Stone Based’ before the mix- asphalt was laid, applied and smoothened, meaning that the road cannot last more than five years before it breaks down irretrievably unless constantly and expensively maintained.

“Laying of mix-asphalt on ordinary rolled over and compacted soil in a sub-region part of Africa prone to annual [rain] of between mild to heavy down pour of torrential rainfalls…is throwing hard earned money into the winds,” he said. 

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