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Lagos-Calabar Coastal Expressway: CUPP refuses to sign contract for 3,000 naira per toll plaza


The United Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the government of failing to deliver on the promise of open government and using funds from the national treasury to reward friends and cronies at the expense of the nation. It was determined. taxpayer.

CUPP was reacting to the controversy surrounding the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Expressway.

DAILY POST reports that the Minister of Works, David Umahi, has revealed that the construction cost of the coastal expressway is N4 billion per km, not N8 billion per km as claimed by some.

The minister also rejected claims that the project did not follow due procurement processes, saying the contract was awarded on a counter-funding basis and not as a public-private partnership as widely claimed.

In a statement signed by AME Peter Yakubu, General Secretary, on Friday, CUPP joined those calling for a lack of transparency and due process in the contract.

The Coalition insisted that all government contracts must be subject to an open competitive bidding process and argued that the cost of road construction per kilometer disclosed by the Minister was exorbitant and unacceptable.

“We are all already concerned that due process was not followed in both the selection and execution of contracts for the project.

“The Federal Government’s intention for vehicles to pay an average of N3,000 per toll plaza is unacceptable and should be rejected by all Nigerians as it will further increase the burden on the suffering masses of our country.

“Beyond 300 Naira will create many hardships, but in the worst case scenario, 500 Naira will be completely unbearable. Let people breathe.

“We all know that there are bodies, bodies and institutions established by law to deal with matters of this kind, from the Federal Executive Council to the National Assembly, which considers the economic imperatives of mega-projects of this kind. The Constitution requires that funds be appropriated.

“The Public Procurement Agency will consider entities that will perform contracts without requiring the federal government to spend significantly more than the project would normally cost.

“Remember, in the constitutional democracy we practice, funds cannot be arbitrarily spent without the permission of the legislature, which controls the nation's purse. They should not have donated more than 1 trillion naira to

“However, when a coastal road is a construction, operation or relocation project, due process must also be followed. The aforementioned agencies and institutions should also have been informed with their views taken into account. .

“As has been reported in daily newspapers and social media, President Tinubu has accused Mr. and Mrs. Chagouris, his close friends and business partners, without due process and without due regard to the provisions of the Constitution and laws. If the president awards a contract, Congress (which is the case if we have a responsible Congress that functions without the benefit of the executive branch) must investigate what the president allegedly did because it violates the law. He has a duty to set up a special committee and, in some cases, summon the president to give orders. This is the Constitution that he has sworn to uphold and protect.”

Source: dailypost.ng

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