By Ibrahim Sheriff
Kwara state government has confirmed the report of Fresh Insight over secret withdrawal of Tanke Flyover contract from JMK Construction Company to City International Dimension Limited.
Recall, that Fresh Insight has exclusively reported how Kwara state government secretly withdraw and rearward the #2.2billion Tanke flyover contract (https://freshinsightnewstv.com/exclusive-how-kwsg-secretly-withdraws-rearwards-tanke-flyover-contract/).
The State government had via its press release dated November 2, 2021 announced the award of the contract to J.M.K Construction, a sister company of the famed Bulletin Construction Company at the total sum of #2,227,899,200:00 with 12 months completion date.
Fresh Insight however confirmed that the contract was withdrawn from J.M.K and re-awarded to City International Dimensions Construction Ltd at the rate of #2,410,338,700:00, an upward variation of #182,439,500 with completion date now 14 months, two months longer than the earlier announced completion date of 12 months.
The State government neither disclose the revocation and reaward of the contract nor state any reason for the revocation but rather kept mum over the development, until recently when the State government erected a new site possession signage indicating “City International Dimension Limited” as the Contractor for the project, against JMK earlier announced by the Kwara state government.
A top government source had confided in Fresh Insight, “The contract had to be withdrawn owing to the huge damage the Fresh Insight publication did to the government, it created doubt in the minds of all, especially development partners and it was just politically expedient that the contract be reawarded to another contractor, at least to restore public confidence in the bridge.