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We Have No Trust In Perm Sec Ministry Of Works And Transport - Kwara Indigenous Contractors

...Kwara indigenous contractors allege foul play by Perm Sec.

The Kwara State Indigenous Contractors and Suppliers Association (KICS) under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged foul play over the bids for the construction and rehabilitation of 26 urban roads held yesterday at the state Ministry of Works and Transport in Ilorin.

The group said the entire process was marred with fraud adding that there was nothing transparent about the process as alleged by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Garba Manjo.

Speaking yesterday with our reporter, the President of Kwara State Indigenous Contractors and Suppliers, Alhaji Moshood Bolakale Aigoro alleged that the Permanent Secretary and his team were selective in the contract bidding and may be working towards the down fall of the present administration under the leadership of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

"I wish to state that Kwara Indigenous Contractors and Suppliers in the APC vehemently disagree with the contract bidding exercise orchestrated by Manjo.

“From today’s exercise, it is apparent that all the Permanent Secretaries are working at cross purposes with the government. The Permanent Secretaries and directors of various ministries have their own companies and those of their cronies that they award contracts to.

“And the main reason why we are bringing ourselves together is that we are waiting for the Governor, the Deputy Governor, SSG, Speaker and other party leaders to tell us our fate as stakeholders of this government having voted massively for the party in the last general elections,” Aigoro lamented.

He described leadership of various ministries as saboteurs even as he urged the governor to monitor the Permanent Secretaries closely in terms of award of contracts and other projects in the state.

“When it comes to bidding or tendering for contracts, we indigenous contractors have the financial capability. We have prepared 10 profiles of our members with N580, 000 each but we have no trust in Manjo because he will always end up giving such contracts to his friends and cronies,” Aigoro added.

He however called for the intervention of the Governor, saying, “We don’t trust the leadership of the ministries and we don’t want our party to fail.”

Aigoro appreciated the Governor for his pronouncement that local contractors will be patronised in the execution of projects.

“We however want the governor to ensure that such contracts patronage is not channelled towards the wrong path but rather members of the APC in the state.”


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