Road Along the Coast: Doherty Notifies Abbas, Akpabio, and Requests Project Suspension

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One more Lagos State opposition lawmaker, Funsho Doherty, has chimed in to demand an investigation into how Hi-Tech Construction Ltd. was chosen to build the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road.

Mr. Doherty demanded an investigation into the contract’s award in a letter he submitted to Godswill Akpabio, president of the Senate, and Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the House of Representatives.

Gilbert Chagoury, a friend of President Bola Tinubu, owns Hi-Tech Construction Ltd. The awarding of the contract to this company was deemed to be in violation of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, according to the letter dated 11 April.

The awarding of the contract without competitive bids, he claimed, was illegal.

It should be remembered that Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, had also voiced concerns about the way the route was awarded.

Mr. Doherty, who ran for governor of Lagos State in 2023, requested an investigation from both houses of parliament.

According to him, the National Assembly should launch an investigation into the FMW, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), and this project as soon as possible. He stated this in his capacity as a representative of the people and in the execution of its oversight duties and responsibilities.

Furthermore, Mr. Doherty requested that the project be put on hold until the contract is reviewed.

First and foremost, the Coastal Road Project needs to be put on hold until all legal requirements, including competitive bidding, are met.

“If violations of the PPA or code of conduct are discovered during your investigations, it is expected that those responsible will face legal consequences in order to deter future offenses,” he stated.

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