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Atiku’s remarks on Lagos-Calabar highway politically induced, says Umahi



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David Umahi, the Minister of Works, has said that the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s critique of the Lagos-Calabar SuperHighway is driven by cheap political calculations and ambition.

Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja through Hon. Orji Uchenna Orji, his Special Adviser (Media), Umahi accused Atiku of spreading misleading analogies to discredit the bidding process that resulted in the awarding of Section 1 of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project.

“I wish to categorically state that such viewpoints are false analogies, conceived by the fertile imaginations of the former Vice President and which are clearly superficial, hypocritical, diversionary, and undoubtedly motivated by ambitious political calculations,” Orji said.

Orji also responded to claims by the former president that the contract was awarded to Hitech Construction Company Nigeria Limited because of the personal relationship between the President of Nigeria and the Chairman of Hitech, Chagoury.

“These accusations, or rather, viewpoints, are, to say the least, intrinsically superficial, baseless, self-serving and politically motivated to imprint malice in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public, especially the gullible.

“The Honourable Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. Engr. Dr. Nweze David Umahi CON has, in different media fora, decapitated the insinuations of the former Vice President and other desperate persons when he gave insights into the award process, the unit cost comparisons, the project review dimensions, the demolition notices and compensation plans as well as those affected by the demolition.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project complied 100% with the provisions of the Procurement Act and was awarded based on the EPC+ F procurement process, that is to say, the project is an unsolicited bid done on EPC+F.

“Under this model of procurement, the investor provides all the designs, part of the financing and construction, while the FGN pays counterpart funds.

“The bid of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project came through this process. The Ministry received the bid, worked on it, and sent the same to the Bureau of Public Procurement ( BPP).

“The BPP worked on it in accordance with the stipulations of the Procurement Act and came up with a competitive price slightly lower than the Ministry’s price and even lower than the cost of similar projects awarded five years ago, including the Bodo-Bonny project awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc,” he said.


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