The contractor handling the Ibadan Circular Road project has described the termination of the project by Governor Seyi Makinde as unconstitutional, illegal and not in the interest of the people of Oyo State.
AllBaze Media Team and we Verified This News from DAILYPOST.COM and According to DAILY POST recalls that the 32.2 kilometers road project was awarded to ENL Consortium in 2017 by the immediate past Governor of the State, late Abiola Ajimobi, who became Governor on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
But, Makinde who succeeded Ajimobi after winning election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in February this year asked the contractor handling the circular road to stop all activities on the site with immediate effect.
The contractor has however described the termination as unconstitutional, illegal and not in the interest of the people of the State.
ENL Founder, Chief Clement Adesuyi Haastrup, who spoke after conducting journalists round the project on an assessment tour to the site on Thursday evening, said that Makinde’s pronouncement that he should leave the site having spent over N3.9billion on the project and mobilized equipment worth over N5billion is illegal and violation of contract agreement between him and the state government.
He said, “The decision of the Oyo State government is unreasonable. It is totally unacceptable and unconstitutional. The decision of the Oyo State government can only happen in a jungle without access to law. The decision is unreasonable, illegal and totally unacceptable. The Governor is doing this because the contract was awarded by his predecessor, Ajimobi.
“Makinde must be reminded that the government is a continuum. Do you throw a baby with the bathing water? Makinde is still fighting Ajimobi even in his grave. Should there be no continuity in government? If he means well for the state, that contract is not something he should cancel because of his relationship with his predecessor.
“We brought in brand new equipment as you have seen. About N4b plus all other equipment we brought in earlier. We brought equipment worth N5 billion to the sites. It has been two years since he took over, but he has refused to give us just a letter to continue the project. Government is continuum, you cannot say that you will terminate the contract because of the relationship you have with your predecessor, Ajimobi.
“Makinde’s decision is not in the interest of taxpayers in Oyo State. It is vendetta. The government did not compensate the communities. We paid compensation for the communities and it took about six months to compensate the communities and we did it through the ministry.
“We have been working and he thinks termination of the contract is the best. That is wrong. It is callous. When they brought their letter of termination, we let them realize that it is when he pays us that we can vacate the site.
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“It is in the agreement, we quoted the relevant clauses, there are obligations of the concessionaire and there are obligations of the government. While we are to fund and do all other things, you are to give us all the necessary support
“You know it is a new land, we did clearing and top soil removal for 30 kilometers, then we started real artwork drainages, culverts which you have seen, but he believed that it is better to terminate the contract rather than allowing us to do the job. When they wrote their letter of termination, we told them the clause that it is in the contract that until you pay us, we don’t have to leave the site.”
Haastrup, while speaking further, said that he will not leave the site unless the State Government under Makinde pays a sum of N10.9billion which covers all expenses spent on the project.
“We said that it is very clear that you are to give us, not money but you are to give us all the necessary things including the approval to do the job. The letter our lenders are asking for falls into that category. But, he refused. We are asking for a letter of assurance for continuity. Like I said, he refused to give us the letter. And we told him the implications, the implications is that you will pay us all the verifiable expenses plus ten percent penalty, so the total is about N10.6billion before we leave the site.
“But, the question is for a state that is struggling to even pay salaries of workers, you have to borrow or do certain projects, why do you, if not due to extreme callousness, and I believed it is irresponsible to incur that money on a state, all because this is your predecessor’s project and you don’t want to see it continuity.
“It is in the agreement that they should pay all verifiable expenses. It is in the agreement, they should pay all verifiable claims. We will not leave the site until we are fully paid. The agreement is there, it is very clear that we still take possession of the site until we are paid. And whoever he awarded the contact to before we are settled, they are liable to be sued.”
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