Elite Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD) has now cleared Kwara State Government of alleged contract inflation on the Ilesha Baruba- Gwanara Road in Baruten Local Government Area.
In a statement, the group said the clarifications put to bed the controversy over the project, commending the government’s effort in investigating and upholding accountability in the contract process. The allegation of inflation came through a memo written by ENetSuD to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on November 10, 2020.
However, the Ministry of Works and Transport denied ENetSuD’s allegation of inflation through an official statement by the Commissioner Rotimi Iliasu, which was also followed by denials on various radio stations.
In a letter to the organisation, Kwara explained that investigations revealed that the organisation was given a wrong Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation ( BEME) by some officials who have since been punished.
ENetSuD said it was satisfied with the various administrative steps taken by the government to address the issues previously raised.
The organisation also stated that it has been provided with the new Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) which have been re-calculated and found to be correct.
While calling for confidence-building between the government and CSO in fighting corruption, ENetSuD said timely communication is key to avoiding underplaying the government’s commitment to accountability and probity in the system.