The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, this week said his ministry had compiled the list of about 40 erring contractors that would be sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution.
He said the contractors were those handling different projects, including the East-West Road, awarded by the ministry.
Usani spoke with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said, “Right now, I have compiled names of some of these contractors and I am sending them to the EFCC, not just for the East-West Road.
“I have got a minimum of 30 to 40 contractors that I am sending to the EFCC. On the East-West Road, I have taken a private consultant to review the whole cost, so, some contractors will obviously refund money for which the present cost will be discounted.
“So, when you see contractors ganging up and publishing things against me, you should know the foundation. But as far as I am here, I will do something that I feel is right.”
The minister alleged that the East-West Road was designed to fail.
He however promised that the present administration would correct the defect.
“The East-West Road is a project that has been messed up from inception, naturally designed to fail by all the agreements and designed concepts that we have seen.
“Here we are, making sure that we put things in order so that we can see the terminal point of that project.
“If the project started more than a decade ago and in 24 months, we have made the progress we have made on that project, correcting even the construction deficits in the area, then I think you should be able to appreciate what we are doing,” he said.
The minister also disclosed that the council approved N16bn for the construction of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
He said the building, which would be sited in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, would be completed within 52 weeks.