Fashola Has Forwarded Names Of Corrupt Contractors To Us - SERAP

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) says the minister of power, works and housing Babatunde Fashola has sent details of some alleged corrupt contractors to the organisation.

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Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the minister forwarded some documents from some of the ministry’s agencies, providing some level of details regarding the names of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects.

The human rights group, in a statement, cited the ministry’s letter with reference number FMP/LU/R2K/2016/T/40 and signed on Fashola’s behalf by the Permanent Secretary for Power, Louis Edozien, which was sent to the group, last week.

The letter named an Abuja-based company, which was in 2014 awarded a contract for the supply and installation of test and maintenance equipment relays, among others to various NAPTIN regional training centers.

But the minister had yet to react to SERAP’s claim as of when this report was published.

“We welcome Mr Fashola’s latest response and the information regarding Pow technologies limited. But we need details of names of other contractors that have collected public funds yet failed to execute power projects,” the statement read in part.

“We will continue to push the ministry and its agencies to reveal more details of alleged corrupt contractors and companies.”

The rights group had in February 2019 filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking “an order of mandamus directing Mr Fashola to provide specific details on the names and whereabouts of the contractors who collected public funds meant for electricity projects but never executed them.”