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Kwara PDP Condemns Award Of Three Major Contracts To A Single Company

...Asks Gov Abdulrazaq To Clear Air On Rumour Construction Of Private Refineries Overseas

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kwara State Chapter, has strongly condemned the recent decision by the Abdulrahman-led Kwara State Government to award three major construction projects to a single company, Craneburg Construction Company Limited, as announced via a press statement after the recent State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.

The Party in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments) alleged that a single company, Craneburg Construction LTD has been approved as the sole contractor for the construction of Kwara Hotel at the rate of N17.8 billion, the Unity Roundabout flyover at the cost of N8.4 billion, and the reconstruction of Unity Road at the rate of N1,513,528,195.18. This means that Craneburg Construction has been awarded triple contracts worth N27 billion from the Kwara State Government in a single move.

The Party notes that the development is highly suspicious and believes that the said Company was brought by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and imposed as the decision of the Kwara State executive council at a stage-managed meeting where commissioners and other members of the meeting were not allowed to ventilate their opinions. 

We make bold to say that this action, whereby a single company that has not undertaken any project in the state before could come from the moon and secure all the construction contracts from the Kwara state government is alien to rationality. Could it mean that there are no other construction companies that possess the required capacity to undertake those projects all over the country? 

We challenge Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to provide a transparent explanation for the exclusive preference given to Craneburg Construction Company Limited. Is there any undisclosed relationship or special arrangement between the Governor and the said company? We call on the Governor to come forth and clarify these concerns to ensure accountability and uphold the principles of fairness and equal opportunity. 

This is particularly troubling considering that during their campaign in 2019, they pledged to prioritize and support local contractors and ensure they grow the local economy by constantly engaging the local companies. It is therefore unacceptable that the Governor, who prides himself as "Ijoba Mekunu" has now chosen to award N27 billion worth of state contracts to a single company. This decision not only explains Governor Abdulrahman as a man who should not be trusted but also disregards the potential economic benefits that could have been derived from distributing these projects among various contractors.

Rumoured construction of Private Refineries abroad by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Meanwhile, our attention has been drawn to rumours making around the state that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is currently undertaking the construction of refineries in some overseas countries while sitting on Kwara Taxpayer’s money. As a Party, we consider this rumour as disturbing and highly fundamental to the interest of our people.

This rumour is being corroborated by the continued absence of Mr. Governor from the state and the fact that Mallam Abdulrazaq is yet to explain the good standing status of the N17 billion he fixed in an unknown bank over three years ago, hence, the rumour construction of private refineries by Governor Abdulrahman is already gaining traction not only in Kwara but even among our neighboring states.

As such, we call on the Yakubu Danladi-led House of Assembly to, in the interest of Kwara, summon Governor Abdulrahman before the house to promptly address these rumours and provide a clear and transparent explanation to the citizens.

Governor Abdulrahman must also summon the courage to provide immediate clarification and address the growing rumours circulating in and outside the state concerning his alleged construction of private refineries in foreign countries while in office as an executive Governor of Kwara state.

The PDP in Kwara State remains committed to ensuring good governance, transparency, equality, and fairness for all. We will continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding these contracts and demand answers on behalf of the people of Kwara State on issues capable of reversing development in our dear state. 

To this end, we urge the Abdulrahman-led government to uphold the principles of transparency, accountability, and openness in governance.


Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments),
State Publicity Secretary
Kwara PDP

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