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Atiku raises serious concerns about Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project

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Atiku raises serious concerns about Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project

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The 2023 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has raised concerns about the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project, stating that the Nigerian government is expediting action on the project due to the business ties between President Bola Tinubu and Gilbert Chagoury, the owner of Hitech, the contractor responsible for the project.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Paul Ibe, Atiku disclosed that the contract for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway was granted in violation of procurement regulations. He further highlighted a clear conflict of interest, pointing out the involvement of Tinubu’s son and his associates on the boards of companies belonging to Chagoury.

Atiku claimed that instead of prioritizing national interests and enhancing the ease of doing business, the Tinubu government has consistently shown that his personal business endeavors and those of his family take precedence. He also alleged that the project, which is being executed with over $13 billion, was awarded without competitive bidding.

Furthermore, Atiku expressed concerns about the planned Badagry-Sokoto Highway, stating that it would also be awarded at an enormous cost to taxpayers due to Tinubu’s personal interests. He criticized the demolition of tourist and recreational facilities within the Oniru corridor, including parts of Landmark, without ample notice, stating that such actions deter foreign direct investments.

Atiku emphasized that in more orderly environments, establishments like Landmark would have been provided with a minimum of two years’ notice to facilitate proper planning.

This article was updated 2 weeks ago

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