Tuesday 27 November 2012

Tony Anenih Summoned Over Billions Spent On Failed Road Contract

Controversial former Minister of Works and former chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has been summoned by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts to defend his actions on a sum of N2.3 billion allegedly spent on failed road contract.

The committee vowed to use the services of International Police (Interpol), to extradite the contractor, Torno Internazionale Nigeria Limited, which absconded from Nigeria after collecting the sum of N1.8 billion without executing the road project contract awarded.

To appear along with Chief Anenih before the committee are the site engineers, Federal Comptroller of Works and the Permanent Secretary of the ministry when the contract was awarded for roads in Nasarawa State in 2006. 

Also, the committee is to write to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), to seek the identities of Nigerians who were on the board of the company which only executed 19 per cent of the contract.

According to chairman of the committed, Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, Chief Anenih was being invited in respect of a memo he presented to then Federal Executive Council (FEC), under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which made the FEC to award the contract to the firm despite earlier strong advice that the firm had no technical capacity to handle the road project.

The committee, however, expressed reservation as to why such a huge amount of money would go down the drain under the watchful eyes of those at the helms.

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