Coalition Urges Probe of N5bn Lagos Dredging Contract Amid Alleged Violations

The Coalition of Concerned Lagosians alleges procurement violations and lack of progress in a N5 billion dredging contract, urging the Lagos government to investigate and appoint new consultants to oversee the project.

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Coalition Urges Probe of N5bn Lagos Dredging Contract Amid Alleged Violations

Coalition Urges Probe of N5bn Lagos Dredging Contract Amid Alleged Violations

The Coalition of Concerned Lagosians has called on the Lagos State Government to investigate a N5 billion dredging contract awarded for the Mende to Lagoon Waterfront project, alleging procurement violations and lack of progress despite a substantial mobilization payment. The contract, awarded by the Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, covers a 7km long, 40m wide, and 4m deep area for a duration of one year.

According to the coalition, the state government paid a N2.5 billion mobilization fund to the construction firm handling the project. However, they claim that no significant work has been carried out beyond the delivery of a dredger that has remained stationary under a bridge for the past six months. The group alleges that the contractors are now demanding an additional N2.5 billion balance, claiming to have completed the job.

The Coalition of Concerned Lagosians has requested a thorough forensic audit of the contract's award and has offered to conduct pre-dredging depth measurements to verify the project's status. They have also called on the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to investigate the allegations to uphold the organization's integrity and mandate.

Why this matters: The allegations of procurement violations and lack of progress in a high-value government contract raise concerns about the proper utilization of public funds and the effectiveness of oversight mechanisms. The outcome of the investigation could have implications for public trust in government institutions and the delivery of critical infrastructure projects.

In a statement, the coalition expressed support for the Sanwo-Olu administration but raised concerns about the procurement procedures in the Ministry of Waterfront's channelization contracts. They have pledged to closely monitor the progress of the project and are willing to provide the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with relevant information, including account details of contract recipients, if necessary, to prosecute those involved in any procurement process violations.

The group has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to appoint a new consultant to supervise the project and report back within a set timeframe. "We are calling on the governor to investigate this matter thoroughly and appoint new consultants to oversee the project," the coalition stated. They have also conducted their own measurements of the water depth and are prepared to publish their findings if the government claims the work has been done properly.

Key Takeaways

  • Coalition alleges procurement violations in N5bn Lagos dredging contract
  • Contractor received N2.5bn mobilization but no significant work done
  • Coalition calls for forensic audit and NIWA investigation of the contract
  • Coalition offers to provide EFCC with info to prosecute procurement violations
  • Coalition urges governor to appoint new consultant to oversee the project