Power sector couldn't find names of corrupt contractors, Fashola replies SERAP

Power sector couldn't find names of corrupt contractors, Fashola replies SERAP

- The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said the ministry could not find the names of alleged contractors that were said to have looted the power sector

- The new comment by the minister was in response to SERAP's request to get the names of corrupt contractors that had worked for the sector

- SERAP believed the alleged contractors worked for the power sector between the years of 1999 to 2018

The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said the ministry could not get the names of people who were alleged to have looted funds meant for the power sector.

This was made known in the statement by Kolawole Oluwadare, the deputy director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Channels TV reports.

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Oluwadare said the minister could not get the names of contractors who were accused to have stolen funds in the ministry.

The quote Fashola: “We have searched the ministry’s record and the information you applied for is not held by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)”.

Fashola’s comment is said to have come as a response to the SERAP’s request that asked the minster to publish the names of fraudulent contractors between the years of 1999 to 2018.

The request was informed by the allegation the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, made.

The ministry’s made the result of its search known through its director of legal services, Shoetan Adesola, who said the minister acknowledged the request and it has been resolved.

She said: “The Ministry has searched for the requested information on details of alleged contractors and companies that collected money for electricity projects and failed to execute any projects, but we could not find it from our records.

“I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 4th January 2019 in which you applied for the request to disclose details of alleged corrupt contractors and companies that collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects. The request has been handled under the FOI Act.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Fashola said that the federal government is doing its utmost to bring about a new generation of businessmen in Nigeria’s electricity sector.

Speaking on Sunday, January 20, in the Alaka area of Lagos state, Fashola revealed that the businesses would be mainly in the metering segment of the sector, which he noted was presently going through tough times.

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