Contractors tackle FCT Minister over alleged plan to re-award FEC-approved contracts

Minister of Works, Mr. Dave Umahi, has been enjoined to adhere to approvals granted by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
A section of aggrieved contractors of the ministry, led by one Vitalis Chikwendu, had accused the Minister of ‘deliberate attempts’ to frustrate the realisation of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda by stalling the progress of work through non-payment.

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The contractors also alleged that Mr. Umahi had concluded plans to tamper with contracts already awarded by FEC under the guise of review, insisting that the Minister’s motive was to re-award some of the contracts to himself or close cronies.
The contractors accused the Minister of stalling the progress of work by deliberately refusing to treat files, sidelining civil servants who have institutional memory.
Consequently, they appealed to the President to urgently redeploy Umahi, insisting that his short stay as minister has grounded activities in the ministry.
Chikwendu, who was flanked by other contractors, including representatives of their foreign counterparts, alleged that the Minister has about 80 different companies, some of which he planned to use in executing projects once his plans to tamper with contracts scale through.

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