Expert demands sack of officials that awarded contract to Bi-Courtney

A Financial analyst, Pascal Odibo on Thursday called on the Federal government to sack every public service officials involved in awarding the contract for the repair of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to Bi-Courtney.

Mr Odibo, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the government did not have to wait for three years before terminating the contract if those in public offices had a mechanism to conduct proper evaluation of the contract.

“You don’t even in the first instance award the contract to an efficient institution,” he said.

“Public service persons and personnel must be held responsible for the offices and the responsibilities that they occupy. It is not sufficient to be an assistant director; it is not sufficient to be a director in any ministry, department and agency of government and things fail and all you just do is to say you terminate a contract.

“Who approved the PPP (Public Private Partnership)? Who bided with Bi-Courtney? If Bi-Courtney did not do well why did it take three years to get to this position? And if indeed Bi-Courtney have not done the work, who is the second best bidder?” he asked.

Expert blames FG for lack of diligence over Bi-Courtney

Following the issues surrounding the Federal Government’s cancellation of the concession of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to Bi-Courtney Consortium, a former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeazor Akaraiwe, Thursday accused the government of lack of ‘due diligence’ in the contract.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, the legal practitioner said the Federal Government failed to carry out sufficient investigations to ascertain why Bi-Courtney fell short of the terms of the concession contract.

“The government is being made to look like a juvenile; today saying one thing and tomorrow doing another thing,” he said.

We need action from politicians not media chats – Lawyer

An Abuja based lawyer, Ismaeel Ahmed on Monday said what Nigerians need actions from politicians that would improve the living conditions in the country not media chats.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ahmed rated the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan in Sunday’s presidential media chat as ‘one of his best’.

“At least he didn’t say he didn’t give a damn about certain things,” Mr Ahmed said.

According to the legal practitioner, the answers President Jonathan provided to certain questions suggested that ‘he was running for office rather than running an office.’