Coastal Road: Doherty writes to Abbas and Akpabio requesting a project halt

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The demand for an investigation into the awarding of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project to Hi-Tech Construction Ltd. has been echoed by Lagos State opposition lawmaker Funsho Doherty.

Mr. Doherty demanded an investigation into the contract award in a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, and Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

The correspondence, dated April 11th, claimed that the Public Procurement Act, 2007 had been broken by awarding the contract to Hi-Tech Construction Ltd., a business owned by President Bola Tinubu’s friend Gilbert Chagoury.

He claimed that it was illegal to award the contract without inviting competitive bids.

Recall that Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, had also expressed concerns about the procedure used to award the road.

Mr. Doherty requested an investigation be conducted by the two houses of the National Assembly after running for governor of Lagos State in 2023.

“Therefore, in the exercise of its oversight powers and responsibilities, I hereby call on the National Assembly to immediately begin an investigation into this project, the FMW, and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP),” he declared.

Furthermore, Mr. Doherty demanded that the project be put on hold while the contract was reviewed.

First and first, the Coastal Road Project ought to be put on hold while following the legal requirements for due process, which include competitive bidding.

“We expect that offenses under the PPA or code of conduct will be prosecuted and that the legal consequences will be applied to serve as a deterrent if they are established in the course of your investigations,” he stated.

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