Construction Of Vice President's Gate House To Cost N250m - Dino Melaye Raises Alarm

Date: 03-02-2017 10:02 am (4 years ago) | Author: kacy lee
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The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, has said the National Assembly will call for a review of the contract awarded for the construction of the official residence of the Vice-President.

According to Melaye, the gatehouse of the three-bedroomed apartment will cost N250m.

The senator, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, also alleged sharp practices by the contractor handling the construction of the official residences of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Melaye was asked about the effort by the Federal Capital Development Authority to ensure that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, eventually move into their official accommodation.

He replied, “As chairman of the committee, even if the Senate President had not asked that the money (for the project) be removed from the budget, we would have stopped it. You will recall that I was on an oversight function with some of you and we visited these buildings, and I can say that they were built at skyrocketing, over-inflated prices.

“As I speak to you, the mosque that is occupying less than 100 square meters, that is meant to be the prayer place for the Senate President and the deputy Senate President’s residences, and even the Vice-President’s residence, was awarded for over N200m. And it’s a three-bedroomed ‘boys quarterless’ structure.

“The gatehouse of the Vice-President’s residence was also awarded at over N250m. We are going to call for a review of that contract. Julius Berger said they were going to build a concrete building. I went there with a hammer and I hit it on the wall and I saw block. That investigation is ongoing. We want to make sure that government is not being short-changed. So, we are definitely going to call for a review of the contract because this is a rape of the taxpayers’ money.”

Melaye’s figure on the cost of the gatehouse, however, varied from that of the House of Representatives Committee on FCT, which, in February 2016, queried the then Minister of the FCT, Muhammed Bello, for spending N55m on the budget.

The House of Representatives had also criticised Bello’s administration for building a 12-person capacity mosque on the premises for N96m; a 20-person capacity chapel at N86m; as well as the aide-de-camp and Chief Security Officer’s residences for for N288m.

The contract for the construction of the Vice-President’s residence was awarded by the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in 2009 at a cost of N7bn.

But a former Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed, requested from the Senate, an additional N9bn to complete the project.

The variation was expected to accommodate a helipad.

The then Executive Secretary, FCDA, Adamu Ismail, had later told the Senate Committee on FCT that the additional N9bn had been slashed by the Bureau for Public Procurement to N6bn.

Ismail explained that the variation was also meant to provide furniture, fencing, two additional protocol guest houses, a banquet hall and security gadgets.

The then Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi, had rejected the request for the variation, which he said was more than 100 per cent


Posted: at 3-02-2017 10:02 AM (4 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- Bebold at 3-02-2017 10:24 AM (4 years ago)
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Hey and u say that we should not protest
Posted: at 3-02-2017 10:24 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ficull at 3-02-2017 10:44 AM (4 years ago)
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Shatarrrp there.  You no get any form of credibility for my eyes.
Posted: at 3-02-2017 10:44 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Goodluck-just at 3-02-2017 11:07 AM (4 years ago)
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Just tak a look at wat is hapenin under buhari's watch.

Den u wil tel me dat he is real fightin corruptn abi?
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- joseusi007 at 3-02-2017 11:10 AM (4 years ago)
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Pastor dey theif too.
Wetin dey dey teach for redeem sef
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- winace at 3-02-2017 11:30 AM (4 years ago)
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Why raising alarm?  Are u not part of d stealing called apc?
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- jeroba1 at 3-02-2017 11:32 AM (4 years ago)
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osinbajo why now, is there no refuge in Christ Jesus again.tell those in charge that is too much oooooooooo. me self go protest from redeem camp enter Abuja.
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- Jeonleon at 3-02-2017 01:14 PM (4 years ago)
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Protest! Protest!! Protest!!!.... That's all we have left as a weapon to fight back and END all these rubbish.....
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- akinmanchy at 3-02-2017 01:42 PM (4 years ago)
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Hmmmmm na wa oooo

Posted: at 3-02-2017 01:42 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- Larry28 at 3-02-2017 01:56 PM (4 years ago)
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hmmmm
Posted: at 3-02-2017 01:56 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- chukkychukky at 3-02-2017 02:13 PM (4 years ago)
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osi baba

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- james987 at 3-02-2017 03:14 PM (4 years ago)
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Na wa ooo Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes if gate only cost 250million,the house go cost 5times of the gate na.. We are finished Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes many neva eat today or no fit afford 3square meal for a day. But none living thing dey take as much 250million Roll Eyes Roll Eyes later politicians go want people to vote for them again Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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- schmit at 3-02-2017 05:52 PM (4 years ago)
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Thieves
Posted: at 3-02-2017 05:52 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- kacylee at 3-02-2017 08:11 PM (4 years ago)
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haba there is God oooo

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- dleg at 4-02-2017 06:01 AM (4 years ago)
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LUMP SUM PROJECT is killing this country.

PROJECTS COST should be awarded based on BOQ (Bill of Quantity) which comprises the activities, quantity, rate to determine the overall project cost from the design.
We have so many qualify QS in the country can can do this and control it. This department should be functional in the ministry of work or be created todeal specifically for awarding contract during the tender stage.
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- sweetestdude at 4-02-2017 07:09 AM (4 years ago)
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Fightin corruption my foot, dis regime is a corrupt regime jst like d previous 1ce. Imagine! Thief de accuse anoda thief...yeye de smell 4 bakyard.
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- BournIdentity at 4-02-2017 11:02 AM (4 years ago)
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I just dey observe
   
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- tommy70 at 4-02-2017 09:06 PM (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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- zeigbo at 4-02-2017 10:44 PM (4 years ago)
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Lol

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