Tinubu Hurriedly Awarded Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road Contract To Chagoury Group Because His Son, Seyi Is On Its Board – Atiku

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Tinubu Hurriedly Awarded Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road Contract To Chagoury Group Because His Son, Seyi Is On Its Board – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, said that the reason President Bola Tinubu hurriedly awarded the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project to Chagoury Group is because of his son, Seyi’s interest in the company.

According to a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku insisted that Seyi was on the board of CDK Integrated Industries, a subsidiary of the Chagoury Group, owned by one of the president’s business allies, Gilbert Chagoury.

Atiku described it as a conflict of interest and a breach of the procurement laws of the country.

He, therefore, advised Tinubu to focus more on attracting real investors than adopting propaganda as a state policy.

Referring to a Paris-based Africa Intelligence News Agency that revealed by the Corporate Affairs Commission that Seyi was officially a business associate of Chagoury, Atiku said it was not surprising that the Chagoury Group had become the biggest beneficiary of the Tinubu largesse.

Atiku said, “Thanks to quality reporting by Africa Intelligence, our suspicions have been confirmed that Chagoury and Tinubu are indeed business partners and it has been formalised with Seyi on the board of one of Chagoury’s firms.”

He said, “It is on record that this project is the most expensive single project ever embarked upon by the Nigerian government. The fact that it is happening at a time Nigeria is facing its worst economic crisis ever is a red flag.

“To add insult to injury, this project that is being done in excess of $13bn was awarded without a competitive bidding. From all indications, the so-called Badagry-Sokoto highway would be awarded in a similar fashion at an enormous cost to taxpayers purely because Tinubu has put his personal interest ahead of the Nigerian people.”

Atiku stated that the demolition of tourist and recreational facilities, as well as other assets along the Oniru corridor, without adequate notice, is one of the reasons why foreign direct investment has continued to evade the country.

He said that rather than boosting the ease of doing business, the Tinubu administration demonstrated to the world that his interests and those of his family would always take precedence over national interests.

His statement continued: “Tinubu has been globetrotting in search of foreign direct investments. He claims to have secured over $30 billion from various companies, but none has been forthcoming.

“Rather, all manufacturing firms have been posting heavy losses while some are exiting due to his poorly implemented exchange rate unification policy with even Aliko Dangote describing it as a huge mess at the recent annual general meeting of Dangote Sugar Refinery.

“The IMF in its latest report stated that Nigeria will by the end of the year become the 4th largest economy in Africa behind South Africa, Egypt and Algeria, a disgraceful development for a nation which was the largest in Africa by a mile when the PDP left the stage in 2015.

“Investors are seeing how local businesses are being treated and will not come to a place where their investments will not be protected. In saner climes, businesses such as Landmark would have been given at least two years’ notice in order for effective planning. But Tinubu’s eagerness to satisfy his business partners impaired his ability to coordinate the project properly.

“The awarding of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway was rushed; the environmental impact assessment report was not even completed; the right of way for the 700 km stretch of the highway project was not secured; it was converted from a PPP to a government funded project within the twinkle of an eye.

“The N500m that was approved by the National Assembly for the project was ignored, while over N1tn was released by Tinubu’s administration without approval from the National Assembly.”

“From falsely claiming to have removed subsidies to secretly paying billions monthly based on the revelation of Nasir el-Rufai, the Tinubu administration has shown a lack of coordination and transparency, failing to even explain to Nigerians why there is petrol scarcity across the country,” the former PDP presidential candidate added.

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