N166Billion Contract Mess: 10 Questions For Minister Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

On Wednesday, we ran a story on the query the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) sent the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,  over the award of 10 road and bridge contracts worth N166 billion.

The BPP said the minister and his ministry violated the laws guiding contract awards in Nigeria in the manner they selected contractors for the projects.

The procurement agency also asked Mr. Fashola to explain, among other things, why the costs of some of the projects were inflated and why some were awarded to unqualified firms.

The construction of the roads and bridges, spread across the country, were appropriated for in the ministry’s 2016 budget.

But hours after the story ran, Mr. Fashola’s spokesperson, Hakeem Bello, circulated a statement saying it was the evaluation committee in his ministry, not him, which committed the procurement blunders identified by the BPP.

He also made other hair splitting claims which sought to trivialise the serious issues of accountability raised in our report.

Given that our first story was a long narrative of the issues raised by the BPP, and given that the minister may have been too busy to comprehend the key issues in that lengthy report, we believe it is necessary to summarise the issues into a few short questions for him to answer.

Mr. Fashola, below are the questions for you.

  1.   You claimed that it was the Evaluation Committee in your ministry that                              committed the blunders identified by the BPP and that you should be                              extricated from blame.  But as minister, does every decision taken by the                            ministry not receive your approval before it is implemented? Does the buck not      stop at your table? Did you not approve the report of the Evaluation Committee before it  was sent off to the BPP?
  2.    Mr. Minister, why did you refuse to respond to specific issues raised by our report in the press statement circulated on your behalf by your media aide, Hakeem Bello, on Wednesday? Why did you try to trivialize serious issues of accountability and competence raised by the report?
  1. Does it not worry you, Mr. Minister, that of the 10 first batch projects for which you sought Due Process Certificate of “No Objection”, none was able to scale BPP’s hurdle? That is like scoring zero over 10. What does that say of your leadership of the ministry?
  1.  Mr. Minister, you ran Nigeria’s wealthiest state for eight years. How come you did not know that your ministry should have submitted Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports for the projects for which you sought approval? How come you did not know that EIA was a crucial aspect of project preparation?
  1. Mr. Minister, can you educate us regarding why your proposed contract cost for the Kano-Zaria Road axis, with a distance of about 160 kilometers, was five times the cost of Kaduna-Zaria Road axis that is about 78 kilometres?  Can you also explain why the cost is approximately 2.5 times the cost of Abuja-Kaduna that has about the same distance? Don’t you consider this as an outrageous contract inflation ploy?
  1. Why did your ministry not know it was supposed to conduct and submit to BPP, Feasibility and Financial/Economic Studies for the projects?
  1. Mr. Minister, If truly you have since answered the BPP query, why did your spokesperson, Hakeem Bello, fail to disclose this to PREMIUM TIMES when he was contacted for the story? Why did the same Mr. Bello who said he does not speak for the ministry but for you the minister, sign the ministry’s Wednesday statement?
  1. Mr. Minister, why did you and your ministry turn a blind eye to what the BPP described as bid rigging by two companies- Messrs. Rahama Nigeria Limited and Messrs. F.I.K Global Limited –  during the selection of contractors for the construction of Burga-Dull-Mbat II-Tadnum-Gobbiya-Badagari-Gwarangah-Sum Road in Bauchi?
  1. Mr. Minister, the BPP accused your ministry of providing false and misleading information to it in what appears a desperate move to disqualify some contractors. Why did you allow that to happen?
  1. Why did your ministry fail in 10 instances to adhere to the nation’s procurement law which demands that jobs be given to lowest bidders who have the financial muscle and technical competence and experience to deliver?


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  • Oscar Millenium

    Premium Times Editor,

    People should consider what they have been saying about Raji Fashola.
    They are saying he is a thief and too much billion was stolen in Lagos state.
    I am not defending Raji Fashola at all. I don’t like thieves too. I just want objectivity.
    If someone is called a thief and has not argued it, why call him a thief again and again. Why?
    That is the issue. Raji Fashola is even showing honesty here but nobody talks about that one.
    Rajo Fashola is saying electricity supply has DETERIORATED under him so much into darkness.
    Go and check meaning of DETERIORATE. It means “to spoil and rot into decay”. See the honesty!

  • Harry

    hmmmmm….Fash d bash at it again. Silent achiever in thievery

    • Dokoku

      @disqus_er1U7gExLS:disqus,

      Intelligence is not a sudden trait to have at 54

      PREMIUM TIMES thinks it can have an intelligent discussion with a slovenly creature like Raji Fashola.
      No, that’s a delusion. Raji Fashola does not have the schooling or necessary thinking ability to reason.
      He can’t answer any of the ten (10) intelligent questions formulated above because he’s Minister by default.
      He was promoted above his level of competence as a one-eyed man by a mob of illiterate and blind Muslims.
      Anyone formulating any intelligent question for Raji Fashola to answer may just be wailing at the wall of Jericho.
      Raji Fashola is brainless; and never once had any keen intellect or is Intelligence a sudden trait to be had at 54.

      • Eko ti baje ju

        @disqus_er1U7gExLS:disqus : After seven [7] years and eleven months
        of hiding and fighting tooth and nail to conceal Lagos state public
        accounts, and, going to court to declare in one instance that the people of
        Lagos state are not entitled to know the total income and expenditure of the
        Lagos state government under his heinously corrupt regime, the rogue governor;
        Raji Fashola delivered a handover note to his successor, two days to his exit
        from office, where Raji Fashola purported to disclose the Lagos state accounts
        for the first time ever.

        But the Lagos state accounts he disclosed were all false and sexed up to conceal thefts.
        Raji Fashola said he got a total ₦2.34 trillion in all the years, throughout his 8 years tenure.
        But his Commissioner for Planning – Ben Akhabueze two months later, told the media, that in the
        the eight years of Raji Fashola no less than 400 billion Naira was got as Lagos state income every year.

        By simple arithmetic,
        it means that the total revenue of Lagos state was at least ₦3.2 trillion – and not ₦2.34
        trillion, which Raji Fashola falsely stated. Therefore, there is a whopping sum of ₦800 billion missing
        in Lagos state under the rogue governor – RAJI FASHOLA – and deemed stolen; by presumption of law.

        • K.K.K

          I DO NOT AGREE
          THAT RAJI FASHOLA IS A THIEF BUT I AGREE THAT HE USUALLY TAKES WHAT DOES
          NOT BELONG TO HIM AND DOES NOT OBEY ANY LAW ON ACCOUNTABILITY OR RESPECT ANY
          RULE MADE BY LEGISLATURE AGAINST CONVERSION OF ASSETS FROM THE REAL OWNER. BUT EVEN THAT DOES NOT MAKE HIM A THIEF; OR, DOES IT?

        • K.K.K

          I DO NOT AGREE
          THAT RAJI FASHOLA IS A THIEF BUT I AGREE THAT HE USUALLY TAKES WHAT DOES
          NOT BELONG TO HIM AND DOES NOT OBEY A LAW ON ACCOUNTABILITY OR RESPECT ANY
          RULE MADE BY LEGISLATURE AGAINST CONVERSION OF ASSETS FROM THE REAL OWNER.
          BUT EVEN THAT WILL NOT MAKE HIM A THIEF; OR, DOES IT?

          • Wale Akinola Philips

            @disqus_er1U7gExLS:disqus

            Raji Fashola is not a deep thinker but an impulsive person, brash and uncouth,

            who takes un-thinking short cut in reflex action as solution. But short cut reflex

            can’t solve poverty. Trying to sweep poverty under the carpet, by getting rid of

            poor people, is not governance, but idiocy. Raji Fashola is not it – but a misfit.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The Federal minister of Works,Kayode Fashola, must come out to defend his handling of the award of some contracts that did not follow the correct procedural rule and rectify such mistake immediately.
    Those wrongfully accusing the minister of works,Kayose Fashola, are themselves criminals who supported their ethnic hero,GEJ and former oil minister,Diezani Alison Madueke, for looting and embezzling Nigeria,public funds and assets.Some of them were receiving monthly payment from GEJ. while still in office as president of Nigeria.Shameless ethnic bigotry goats.For all the numerous infrastructural achievements that Kayode Fashola, attained in office as Lagos State, governor.
    The record is there for future generation to compare with others.

  • TruthBeSaid

    “….his ministry, not him, which committed the procurement blunders identified by the BPP.”

    The blunder did not come in a way of UNDER COSTING the projects, it came by OVER INFLATION! Okay o…

    • Elderman

      @disqus_tpYgAhisMY:disqus

      LET PREMIUM EDITORS go and fight their intellectual mates and not take on a slightly retarded person,
      like Raji Fashola, for pummeling, knowing that Raji Fashola does not have what it takes to engage in an
      intellectual controversy. This is like bullying. I condemn it totally. Premium Editors should go and look
      for their own intellectual mates to fight and not take advantage of a moron. What is not good is bad!

      • Femi O. Awobadero

        @disqus_tpYgAhisMY:disqus

        No fair-minded person can support this intellectual beating of Alhaji Raji
        Fashola. I can never comment on this topic or participate in discussing this
        one-sided fight one way or the other.

        • A. Sodeke

          This sympathy is not necessary please!…..Let Raji Fashola defend himself in the public domain.
          …..He did not ask for your sympathy to accept the job of Minister for Works…..so why cry for him?
          ……..Let him account for every money…..and let Police slap him all around for failing to do so…..
          If we want responsible country…..we must insist on standards….and insist on accountability………

      • Ibukun Olawale

        WHAT NONSENSE ARE YOU SAYING HERE? SO, BECAUSE RAJI FASHOLA IS A MORON
        PREMIUM TIMES SHOULD ALLOW HIM TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER AND CARRY AWAY
        ALL THE MONEY FOR PUBLIC WORKS UNDER THE PRETEXT OF CONTRACT AWARD?

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    A higher standard is expected of Fashola. He has had a meteoric rise from starting as a PA to a Governor to now a key man overseeing 3 massively consequential Federal Ministries. I really look forward to his response/defense.

    I truly hope it is a thorough and sensible defense that addresses the core issues raised.

    I hope its not a defense like the technicality used by the presidency to exonerate Babachir Lawal.

    Honest and self respecting men always welcome any opportunity to defend their integrity.

    I don’t know why Nigerian officials always rely of technicalities to avoid addressing core issues and accusations.

    We are slowly but surly demystifying some of these so called exalted politicians.

    The President and here, Fashola are failing close-up scrutiny of their decisions and actions. Reputations are falling and shattering to pieces.

    The people are not amused!

  • koki

    Comeuppance is on the way for the integrity challenged minister with the penchant for using public funds to double dip with escorts…….

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      LOl @ double dip with escorts… Yeah witnessed that.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The 11th question: Why did you award a contract to DEUX Projects Ltd which most Lagosians know is a General Purpose Vehicle that you and Bola Tinubu have been known to use to steal money during your tenures as Governor? Apart from corruption, does the issue of nepotism not arise?

    • K.K.K

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      I DO NOT AGREE
      THAT RAJI FASHOLA IS A THIEF BUT I AGREE THAT HE USUALLY TAKES WHAT DOES
      NOT BELONG TO HIM AND DOES NOT OBEY A LAW ON ACCOUNTABILITY OR RESPECT ANY
      RULE MADE BY LEGISLATURE AGAINST CONVERSION OF ASSETS FROM THE REAL OWNER.
      BUT EVEN WILL NOT MAKE HIM A THIEF; OR, DOES IT?

    • K.K.K

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      I DO NOT AGREE
      THAT RAJI FASHOLA IS A THIEF BUT I AGREE THAT HE USUALLY TAKES WHAT DOES
      NOT BELONG TO HIM AND DOES NOT OBEY A LAW ON ACCOUNTABILITY OR RESPECT ANY
      RULE MADE BY LEGISLATURE AGAINST CONVERSION OF ASSETS FROM THE REAL OWNER.
      BUT EVEN THAT WILL NOT MAKE HIM A THIEF; OR, DOES IT?

      • Adele Uhuru

        Thief and yes he is a thief

      • breakin’ news

        “Akinwunmi Ambode, the new governor of Lagos state, last August revoked
        the corrupt self-allocation of over 25 plots of land in Lekki by his predecessor
        – Raji Babatunde Fashola – in his own final days in office.

        Most of these plots
        were allocated to Raji Fashola’s own relatives, aides and associates —
        including Yewande Animashaun – his cousin who also served as his special adviser
        on public health, and Wale Ahmed, who served as his commissioner for special duties.

        A female newscaster with a Lagos-based TV station was one of the beneficiaries,
        The Cable learnt. The land was officially parceled into 25 plots and shared by
        Raji Fashola who went on to sign the certificates of occupancy on May 26,
        three days to his exit from office.”

        …………..THE CABLE NEWS

      • Wale Allen

        Lol…

    • Esskay Osha

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus : You are not getting this thing O!
      They say there was no competitive bidding in the real sense, just bogus advert
      in a newspaper to pretend to be doing public tender, whereas, Raji Fashola had
      penciled down the companies belonging to Bola Ahmed Tinubu and himself to rob.
      EFCC must wake up, please! We do not want the youths to take the law into their hands.
      The looting by Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola has reached epidemic proportion for jailing.
      Failure to arrest and jail will allow the youths to bring Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola to justice.
      That means Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola will be nabbed and stripped naked on the streets.
      And that is after they shall have been badly boxed, kicked and slapped all around to start with.

      • Cry Nigeria!!!!

        Here was a state governor –
        RAJI FASHOLA, who could not run
        the Lagos city BRT transport (which rapidly collapsed in just three [3] years
        under his incompetent watch) and who also failed to run the schools to pass WASC exam.
        Is that not the meaning of INCOMPETENCE, to start with – besides roguery? Or, wait please,
        what else is a state governor to do, majorly, other than to run sensible school system,
        and run a state bus system in an orderly environment with logical thinking?

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        “””””there was no competitive bidding in the real sense, just bogus advert
        in a newspaper to pretend to be doing public tender”””””wait you guys didnt know this already? Sorry thats what is happening in Nigerian Govt jobs. I found out when i saw my invention being advertised on that tenders paper. An invention that didnt exist. The moment they did that they opened the road for samsung, apple, nokia, Blackberry, Microsoft all to start that business (smart watches). when i approach the Govt agency they told me to work with the company that had been awarded the contract. You know whats so shocking, They were still collecting bids and registration money from people bidding for the job that had been awarded before advertised. I pity and laugh at people who buy tenders and news papers looking for government jobs. Due process must be carried out to keep corruption claims at bay but powers above have gotten the job before it was announced in the budget. The whole bidding thing is just for show.

        • Professor O.O.C

          “It is curious to imagine these people of the world, busy in thought, turning their eyes towards

          the countless spheres that shine above us, and making them reflect the only images their minds

          contain…So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus,

          their brightness is eclipsed.”

          .………Charles Dickens

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Permit me to also relate my personal experience in the hands of greedy Fashola:
    I brought in 10 brand new Toyota Camry cars from the United States in 2006. I then approached a senior of mine (late Toyin Hamzat) to introduce me to the Lagos State Government so they could buy some or all of the vehicles. In spite of the fact that my late senior in secondary school had not set eyes on me since we graduated, he still got up and took me to the then Head of Service of Lagos State (who was supposed to be in charge of vehicle purchases). On getting to the gentleman’s office, he said to me: “Aburo, the Chief of Staff to the Governor (i.e. Fashola) has hijacked vehicle purchase from this office. He just dumps vehicles (even when we don’t need them) at our doorsteps. I wish I could help but I can’t”. That in a nutshell is how greedy and corrupt Fashola has always been.

    • Paul & Saul

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      Raji Fashola is moreover a disgrace to educated Nigerians for making official
      personnel decisions in office wholly based on Islam. Even if he was failing and
      repeating in school, as he’d confessed, he still fell below the intelligence quotient
      of an average man without much education but who’s merely possessed of clarity
      of thought on right and wrong.

      For mismanaging Lagos schools into producing 80% school certificate failure rate
      annually since the year he resumed office in Lagos, Raji Fashola’s incompetence has now
      almost destroyed the immediate future of Lagos state, besides the un-precedented debt of
      3.7billion dollars he incurred and placed on the necks of Lagos residents.

      That’s a debt equivalent to forfeiting next three and half years of Lagos state revenues
      from federal allocation, without his building a single functioning public school to show for it,
      and that’s after blowing away 3.2 trillion Naira in gross revenue Lagos earned over 8 years!

      • Facts & Figures

        Lagos state
        last year floated a loan bond of about 80 billion Naira and got public
        investors to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully
        subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so
        – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu, via a bogus corporate front.

        This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’ on the Lekki
        tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half Raji Fashola
        did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s
        company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.

        • Facts & Figures

          In other words, by sheer fraud,
          Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront, without any further
          work. A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue for
          the next three [3] years to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt, by all Lagos
          residents. This transaction must count as the worst fraud ever in Yoruba
          history since Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960.

          In fact, On May 21st, 2014, the
          Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi, confirmed that Lagos
          state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion in
          bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars at prevailing exchange rate.

          Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of
          this debt, the gross Lagos’ debt is now equal to all of the expected revenue
          allocation to Lagos in the next two and half years, currently standing at $3.7
          billion
          , without equivalent benefits on the ground; to show for it – dollar for
          dollar.

      • Facts & Figures

        HOW RAJI FASHOLA UNDER-DEVELOPED NIGERIA…………

        READ ON PLEASE…READ THE NEXT TWO SEPARATE POSTS AND REMEMBER TO LIGHT A CANDLE

        FOR THE STOLEN SOUL OF NIGERIA AS A COUNTRY THAT WAS CHOKED TO DEATH BY THIEVES!!!!

    • Valedictory’ 07

      WHERE ARE THE JOURNALISTS WHO TOOK MONEY FROM RAJI FASHOLA BETWEEN 2007 AND 2015?
      THEY SHOULD COME OUT NOW AND FIGHT THIS WAR FOR THEIR PAYMASTER TO SHOW GRATITUDE.
      THIS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL WARS, COME OUT NOW, WE STILL HAVE YOUR NAMES ON BRIBES LIST.
      COME OUT TO JUSTIFY YOUR PAY TO SAVE RAJI FASHOLA FROM WALKING NAKED TO THE MARKET.

      • Delroy

        @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

        In specifics, by my own records,
        Raji Fashola left behind in Lagos a debt of 238 billion Naira owed to foreign
        banks and creditors; PLUS another 278.8 billion Naira owed to local contractors
        – totaling 512 billion Naira; according to the Debt Management Office. What
        more evidence does EFCC need to draw a simple, commonsense conclusion
        of theft, if there is no single functioning school to show for these oodles of
        money?

        Raji Fashola
        said in May, 2015 that he got a total of 2.42 trillion Naira in cash as
        revenue in his 8-year tenure and spent it. But is there a well-educated
        Lagosian who could point at 2.42 trillion Naira service of provisions in Lagos
        state today, less overheads and salaries – plus the ₦512 billion debt Raji Fashola
        said he then incurred and left behind today, unpaid?

        • Professor O.O.C

          @VERITAS_ the rock of ages_:disqus

          “It is curious to imagine these people of the world, busy in thought, turning their eyes towards

          the countless spheres that shine above us, and making them reflect the only images their minds

          contain…So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus,

          their brightness is eclipsed.”

          ……….Charles Dickens

    • No-Comment

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      “Any country that repeatedly violates the rights of its citizens could and would never survive. While every
      society gravitates towards positivity, Nigerian State is helplessly magnetized to negativity. To survive, the
      Nigerian state is in perpetual fear of citizen, watching him/her closely, making sure he/she is subjugated
      in the socio – economic milieu. Unfortunately for the Nigerian State, the opposite has been the result.

      The citizenry has found means to extricate itself from the drowning quicksand of poverty and is increasingly
      taking up arms against the state, challenging it and its purveyors to the inevitable confrontation for a shade
      under the tree of liberty. The break-up of Nigeria is inevitable. We should find a way to sit around the table, peacefully break up Nigeria and help her to attain her destiny. Failure to do so would make the impending
      tragedy inevitable and mind boggling. Nigeria as “is” today has no sight. It is the blind man in a completely
      dark room, seeking a black hat that is not there.”

      ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

      (January 18th, 2017)

    • El Patron

      Fashola is definitely corrupt BUT
      1) Your story doesn’t prove anything sir. If anything at all, its the chief of staff who was greedy not the Governor(there is a difference)
      2) The US where you brought the cars from is that how they behave? You just ship cars into a country without knowing what you want to do with them then the only thing you could think of is to sell it to government. Are you a registered government contractor? Did you see any advertisement for cars, tender your bid and have it accepted before you bought the cars? Egbon, you are part of the problem in Nigeria. You are also corrupt so dont complain pls

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Mr. Man, Fashola was the Chief of Staff to Bola Tinubu at the material time. And Fashola was buying cars without “advertisement”.

  • AVENGERS_Where art thou!

    NO Projects in the SOUTH and NO projects in the EAST. ……………….This is provocative knowing that 100% of the capital (money) to execute the Projects is from the South & East. Why then are all the projects in the North & West?

    AVENGERS where art thou?

  • Gary

    Wow, just one PT report and it’s now open season on the tenure and character of Raji Fashola. And to think he almost got away and could spared himself from ridicule if only he had quietly left the stage and retired to private life. But no, the next operation is always the last, the burglar says to himself until he’s caught.

    It’s Fashola now, Rotimi Amaechi’s day will soon come. These people just never learn to quit while ahead. A good name is worth more than all the gold in the world.
    And what is the point in amassing all these loot you never give yourselves time to enjoy? If I had a fraction of what these guys have stolen, I’ll be chilling with my honey on some exotic island in the Caribbean. Not working like a jackass for an incompetent government in Abuja.

  • OAO2

    Et tu BRF?
    If BRF cannot logically defend himself and convincingly too, then there is no hope for Nigeria!

  • Spoken word

    These premium times journalists obviously did not go to school.this country has become a joke.

  • Dazmillion

    Jagaban has to recoup his investment in the Duara Dullard

  • Wale Allen

    Good job Premium Times! BRF obviously violated the Public Procurement Act 2007 but he’s one of the anointed saints in Nigeria and clearly untouchable. That’s why PMB’s anti-corruption war looks like a joke.

  • ola

    Oh Premium times, i like to read you a lot but i must say that you are already trying Mr. Fashola, Please can you find out how things are run in government and do us the honour of publishing it.

  • Impulse400

    May be if an indept investigation is carried out into all road contracts awarded in Lagos during his tenure, we will understand clearly why he has done all this wayo.

    When saints are sinners…

  • Message66

    Fashola, a very lucky man that APC is in power in Lagos. He actually stole more, awarded more bogus and fraudulent contracts, embezzled so much more than his predecessor, Tinubu. While Tinubu used his to further APC in power, Fashola pockets his billions. He bought huge acres of land in Badagry only to tax Lagosians heavily for development projects in that area, so that his assets will gain astronomical real estate value with government developments around them. In other words, lagosians are unknowingly paying for the future billion naira/dollar profits of Raji Fashola and Bola Tinubu. Terribly corrupt thieves being paraded as saints. We shall all face the judgement pretty soon, each man to his maker.

  • Demeji

    We are all calling Raji Fashola names!!!.Anyway I don’t blame him,why do I not blame him? I blame the dullard who made him Minister of that ministry.Raji Fashola is a Lawyer by professional not a civil engineer.Who is a civil engineer? civil engineers design ,build,supervise,operate,and maintain construction projects and systems in public and private sectors,including roads,buildings,airports,tunnels,dams bridges and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.Many civil engineers work in design,construction,research and education.Any the other hand,who is “An Electrical engineer is someone who designs new electrical equipment,solves problems and test equipment.The work with all kinds of electronic devices ,from the smallest pockets devices to large supercomputers.Electrical engineering deals with electricity,electro -magnetism.
    My dear friends on this forum when a country is ruled by someone who cannot guarantee of passing through any educational institutions in the whole world.Someone who doesn’t have sufficient knowledge of what it means to be President of a sovereign state.What do we expect?All the people under the government of APC are misfit to Rule.What business does a Lawyer have in Ministry with unlimited responsibilities.Does Fashola have Architectural and cities planning experience to head housing ministry.Is he a accountants to audit,cost estimate the cost of the roads before been approved.Everything in Nigeria is wrong and crazy,the politicians are mischievous and only after the money.This we never happened in other countries expect Africa.Wasting of resources and investment,wasting of time,favourite in approving project’s,Courrpt in the civil service.We have a big problem in Nigeria which only Revolution,Restructuring and God maybe can solve!!!
    Check Fashola and Tinubu performance in Lagos state.They destroyed everything,looted the Lagos state treasury.They virtualised everything.Our President needs to sack him now!!!Before more damage is done.In Nigeria we appoint a tailor to become Minister,we appoint people with questionable background to post of higher responsibilities,people who universities degrees are questionable.People who don’t have good recommendations from their region or people.If Nigeria is going to change for the better,we need to do things correctly as it is done in places like USA,UK,France,China and Germany etc.

  • wode

    You see, all these bureaucracies is one of the bane of the development in Nigeria. As much as I wouldn’t advise lack of due diligence and transparent in the way Government businesses are conducted, all these MDAs themselves have their own interests either to make sure that some funny “royalties” are paid to them before a file pass through some desk or not. In my company, there is a current issue where a contract that should have been awarded to us is being “sat on” by somebody that should have signed it but refused to because the person in charge would not sign it unless a very funny amount of money is paid to him.

  • Mikeu2

    What interests me most is the map of Nigeria showing where the projects in discussion are located. The map shows that none of them is located in any of the states in the South East or South South, yet they will be paid for with money from oil from this part of Nigeria. If the people of the Niger Delta are complaining or blowing up pipelines to draw attention to the neglect of their region by Nigerian government, people will call them names. The pain of seeing resources from your homeland being used to develop other areas of Nigeria while you that provides the money is left in squalor, would have been easier to bear if not for the executive lawlessness and deliberate exclusion that allow others to feed fat on the sufferings of the communities producing oil. Let the President and his thieving cabinet continue, one day monkey go go market and hin no go come back. If president Buhari wants to please his “97%”, he should get the money from them and not rob Niger delta to pay his unproductive “97%” who voted him. This is why people from south east and south south want to break from Nigeria and create their own Republic of Biafra where they will have a sense of belonging and inclusion.