The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) had alleged that the ministry had made a payment to the contractor for the road rehabilitation that the church had carried out between 2016 and 2019.
The director of Press and Public Relations, FMWH, Ms. Boade Akinola announced this in a statement Thursday in Abuja.
Akinola stated that Fashola spoke at the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions br / >
Fashola denied the RCCG’s claim that funds had been paid to the protector.
The minister clarified that the current administration had not made any payment for the rehabilitation of the road. Fashola stated that the contract was awarded to Messrs. Cartill Construction Nigeria Limited five years before the Buhari government and six years before his appointment as Minister of Construction and Housing.
He said that only the then Minister of Labor approved the mandatory mobilization fee of 15 percent on March 31, 2011, and another payment was made after the work reached approximately 26.21 percent on December 29, 2011.
“These payments were made every four years prior done the administration of the Buhari, ”he explained. He stated that the ministry had not made any payments to the contractor as a refund or confirmed any work carried out between 2016 and 2019.
Fashola added that the road in question is not a federal highway but is initiating the contract as a parliamentary constituency project that was based in the budget of the ministry. Hence the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Housing.
While thanking the chairman and other distinguished members of the committee for examining the petition impartially and dispassionately, Fashola said there was no basis for the petition to be based on the petition of facts or evidence.
While Fashola praised the leadership of the RCCG for their interventions in the rehabilitation of the road, he stated that procedures must be followed when interfering with federal and state roads.
Pastor Niyi Adebanjo, who responded on behalf of RCCG, apologized to the minister and said the petition was not directed at him but was intended to expose some perceived harsh practices.
Adebanjo Said this They believed that the federal government should approve another payment for the street, which was redeveloped free of charge by Pastor Encoh Adeboye as part of the Church’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
“The redevelopment of the street was contracted out by and paid past or Enoch Adeboye, so any further claim by any company should be considered illegal and unjust. “
” The Department of Labor and Housing deserves an apology from us, and because the whole world is listening, I offer this apology “unconditionally,” he said.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Patrick Akinyelure, commended the Minister for his presentation and for correcting the impression that some monies were paid during the Buhari-led administration. He said the purpose of the public hearing is to remove any gray areas regarding payments allegedly made by the ministry and not to put anyone on a witch hunt.