‘Gov Abdulrazaq Has A Culture Of Inflating Project Contracts’ – Kwara PDP


…asks Governor to speak on GHS Ilorin contract inflation, return all looted funds to state coffers 

The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, says the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led All Progressives Congress, APC administration has a culture of inflating contract sums and will soon plunge the State into a financial mess. 

The PDP said this while reacting to report by a non-governmental organisation, ENETSUD, which revealed that the contract sum for the renovation of Government High School, Ilorin was inflated by ₦40,530,208. 

In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, the PDP said it was not surprised by the latest discovery, noting that the Abdulrazaq government has been siphoning resources of the State through contract inflation and underhand dealings and corrupt acts that have pervaded the administration. 

The party said the inflation of the contract sum by over N40m cannot be regarded as a ‘miscalculation; but a deliberate act of stealing by the present administration, stressing that Governor Abdulrazaq has a proclivity for inflating contract sums. The PDP therefore rejected obvious attempt by the ENETSUD to provide cover for Governor Abdulrazaq by claiming that the contract sum was miscalculated. 

It recalled that “the State Government also inflated the contract for the renovation of Patigi Secondary School was inflated by ₦31,980,799. This is beside several other projects awarded by the Governor at inflated costs including the renovation of Banquet Hall, Ilorin, Ilesha-Gwanara road, College of Education, Ilorin road, etc.” 

The party also alleged that it is part of the monies pillaged through award of contracts that the Governor has been using to fund intra-party crisis, service his sycophants and hire praise singers, thugs and crowd, some of whom were seen at the Eid praying ground and the Emir’s place few days.   

The PDP said Kwarans can now see that while the Abdulrazaq government presents itself as a ‘houlier-than-thou’ government, the State’s treasury is grossly being plundered by the Governor and his cronies. It added that Kwarans cannot be swayed by the pretentious transparency and fake probity claims of the Abdulrazaq's government. 

“It is distressing and provocative that at a time when majority of hardworking Kwarans are hit by the current economic woes and cannot afford the basic necessities of life, they are constantly jolted by revelations of contract inflation and lootings going on under the watch of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq,” the party said. 

The Kwara PDP therefore called on Governor Abdulrazaq to come clean on the latest revelation by ENETSUD and also return all monies that have been siphoned through award of contracts to the state coffers.  The party also threatened to drag the State Government before anti-corruption agencies. 

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