February 20, 2013
PDP Commends Works Minister for Rejecting N33bn Fraudulent Contract Proposal
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen for turning down a mouth-watering N33 billion proposal by a contracting firm for underwater inspection of a section of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos following his discovery that the actual job will require only N5 billion.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement yesterday said the rejection of the proposal by the minister is yet another testament to the anti-corruption stance of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration.
The party said the minister has saved the nation a huge sum of money which would have been carted away by unscrupulous contractors but for his patriotic stance and application of his engineering experience for public good.
“The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commends the Minister of Works, Arc Mike Onolememen for his display of patriotism in turning down the N33 billion proposal by a contracting firm for underwater inspection of a section of the Third Mainland Bridge after his direct discovery that the actual job will cost only N5 billion.
“This is a rare display of patriotism and another testament to the anti-corruption stance of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration. The minister in applying his engineering experience which enabled him to discover that the entire job will cost only N5 billion shows his patriotism and justifies the confidence reposed on him by President Goodluck Jonathan,” the statement said.
The PDP which said it is very proud of the minister, charged him to remain steadfast and continue to resist temptations from fraudulent persons and companies.
The leadership of the party also called on other government functionaries to emulate the Minister of Works and ensure that due process is always followed in all activities of government in line with the anti-corruption stance of the party.
It also charged contracting firms in the country to desist from such fraudulent tendencies especially the practice of inflating contract costs to defraud the nation.
The Minister of Works, who appeared before the Senate on Monday told lawmakers that he rejected the proposal when he used his engineering experience to discover that the firm, which only reached for solutions and recommendations without technical inspection, inflated the cost of project inspection to N33 billion when the entire job will cost only N5 billion.
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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