$18.72BN CENTENARY CITY PROJECT: CONFLICTING REPORTS AROUSE CRISIS

 

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Herman Hembe, submitted a report he co-signed with the Clerk of Committee, Mukhtar Kusari,  while a ‘Dissenting Report’ signed by a member of the committee, Linus Okorie, was also submitted to Mukhtar yesterday.

 

Hembe who was alleged of demanding for a bribe by Anyim; submitted a report during plenary indicting former Secretary to the Government of the Federal of Nigeria (SGF),   Anyim Pius Anyim, and former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, with recommendations for both men to be prosecuted by relevant agencies over alleged breach of extant laws on Public Procurement Act and Presidential directive on the multi-billion naira Centenary City project. While Mohammed alleged also that he was treated in a disrespectful manner by the Committee.

 

Other recommendations in the 64-page report laid by Hembe includes that all statutory Rights of Occupancy purportedly revoked by the former FCT Minister in respect of the areas covered by the Centenary City should be retired to the original allottees unconditionally and forthwith, by the current FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello. The committee also stated that, “the implementation of the centenary city project from the beginning to its current status leaves much to be desired. Presidential directives were flouted, relevant laws were violated and contractual obligations were wantonly breached.

 

However, in his 6-page report, Okorie who expressed opposition to prosecution of the former SGF, FCT Minister and Ms. Boma Ozobia and Paul Oki, argued that “the recommendation appears to come from the moon. He said, “The committee did not make any finding as to fraud and did not also allege any. The committee only alleged that conditions were not met”.

 

 

 

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