New Senate Leader, Lawan, in Constituency Project scandal

Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan (CON) on Friday night expressed delight over the media report credited to Citizens Actions to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) on the discovery of an abandoned water project called ‘Marma Channels’ in some Nguru federal constituency of Yobe state.

While applauding the effort of the group in its ‘facts finding mission in respect to the ongoing corruption matter related to project execution under the Presidential Initiative on North East’, also urged CATBAN to beam its searchlight on those behind the abandoned water project.

An Aide to Senator Lawan who spoke with newsmen on Friday night, said: “Firstly, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan wishes to disassicate himself, relatives and staff from the said contract, the company ‘DOLIZ BROWN’ because he has never been involved in the award of contract(s) or payment to anyone at any level.

“It is pertinent to state that Senator Lawan after perusing the article expressed keen interest in the outcome of the ongoing investigation by relevant agencies with the view to bring perpetrator(s) of the illicit act to book in no longer time.

“Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan acknowledged that the said project was awarded while serving in the House of Representatives.

“Prior to now, he had expressed grave concern and disappointment with the execution of that particular project and had followed all available channels to discover the reasons for its failure. It’s therefore gratifying that this group has discovered the facts.

“But at no given time throughout his eight years in the House of Representatives did he nominated anyone or contractor for execution of any project(s) within his federal constituency and Senatorial District.

“He (Senator Lawan) is in total support of any form of investigation to be initiated by the organization and/or security agencies as the Organisation claimed that the executing Ministry: Federal Ministry of Water Resources has paid 15% mobilisation to the contractor in question.

“For the purpose of accountability and probity, Senator Lawan also urged that thorough investigation should b initiated to identify and bring to book, why the money was paid to the contractor while the contract was not executed; who was the money released to, be it the contractor or any other party and whom the money was shared with.

“If the contractor shared the money with others, he and the company should be compelled to mention those who partook of the fraud against the country. I can reliably tell you that, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan also need this information to be made public as soon as possible so as to guide the next step to be taken by the Senate and Federal Government of Nigeria,” the Legislative Aide told our Correspondent.

Speaking further, Senator Ahmad’s Aide who disassociated the lawmaker from the said contractor/company, argued that the Yobe lawmaker has never been involved in any form of contract while serving in any capacity in his over 16 years as Honourable member and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He however queried the “basis for which the money was released to the contractor who certifying the extent of implementation of the project.

“How was the money given and shared? But it is of utmost delight to Senator Lawan that the convener of Citizens Actions to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), Com Garba Ibrahim Wala has helpful information to all these questions.

“I can assure you and the entire Nigerians that Senator Lawan has great interest to unravel the mystery behind the project scandal which was domiciled within his constituency but was abandoned seven years after payment.”