By Seye Joseph – @Seyetweets
Lagos State Government had been asked to provide documents relating to the contract for the rehabilitation of Idimu-Ejigbo road in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State showing the total cost of the contract, name of the contractor in charge, deadline for completion of the project and relevant documents in support of responses to this request.
The request was made by Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), a coalition of over hundred and fifty Anti Corruption organizations whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in its activities in the fight against corruption and to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity, and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria on the result of the decrepit state of the road over the years, the commencement of rehabilitation with demolition of properties by the road side and suspension of work by the contractor for two years.
The road which has been listed among ongoing projects of the State during the Annual Ministerial Briefing marking the second year of second term of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has been abandoned since 2011 after initial demolition of structures to pave way for rehabilitation work.
In the Freedom of Information letter sent to the office of Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, reference was made to complaints by inhabitants of the area concerning the road.
According to Oluwatoyin Aremu, one of the residents in the area said that the neglect of roads in Ejigbo is having adverse effect on the economy of the community and on the living standards of the people in this axis.
“It also constitutes a health hazard, given that people are forced to stay longer than necessary in a position in a bus that is held up in traffic holdup”, he mentioned.
The Chairman of the organisation, Olanrewaju Suraju said that since the receipt of the request that was sent to Lagos State Government dated November 18, 2013, it has failed to either furnish the Network with the requested information or compel the contractor to mobilize to site for the awarded rehabilitation work which is a blatant violation of the FoI Act, 2011 and a suspected classical case of fraud, abandoned project and corruption.
The body also called on Economic and Financial Crime Commission to investigate Metropolitan Construction Company, the company handling the project.