Gov Alia clears the air on roundabout contract sum speculation

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Benue State Governor Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia has described as false and misleading speculations in some public quarters including a section of the media that contract for the construction of an underpass at High Level Roundabout Makurdi awarded to Bauhaus Global Investment Nig. Limited was given at the cost of N44 billion.

Governor Alia who was reacting to such allegations to set records straight at a press conference addressed by his chief press secretary Tersoo Kula Thursday at Government House Makurdi, said government is to spend about N6 billion for the construction of the project.

He further explained that it was on the request of the governor through the minister of Work, Engineer David Umahi that the federal government agreed to take over the flyover at Wurukum Roundabout, adding that Benue State government would handle the one at Bristow Roundabout Gboko.

The governor also dismissed insinuations that the contract did not follow due process, stressed that the biding process was conducted between November 10-28 last year and the contract awarded to Bauhaus Global Investment Nig Ltd because of its experienced in executing quality jobs at affordable rates.

He equally clarified that the bill for publication of the projects were captured in the 2024 budget contrary to speculations, for the projects to be cited specifically at Wurukum Roundabout Makurdi, Tilley Gyadp junction Gboko and High Level Roundabout, stressing that the federal government has taken over the construction of one of the flyover at Wurukum Roundabout and added that the projects were equally significant to the state especially to address traffic congestion.

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The governor also denied allegations that he has allocated 13 percent of the entire budget to his office, explaining that the N5 billion allocated to his office was not up to 2.3 percent of the total budget.

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