As reported cases of projects racketeering in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have continued to generate reactions from contractors, the council’s administration insist they followed ‘due process’ and not projects scam.
The AMAC Head of Administration, Yahaya Ahmed Khana said complaints from contractors on how their files are being delayed has nothing to do with demanding of bribe from them, “except they are ask to pay for photo copy of their documents by the staff handling it in the office.”
Khana was speaking at the instance of complaints from contractors, who are not comfortable with the processes they are subjected to in the council before their files will be attended to, especially at the procurement unit.
However, one of the documents in The AUTHORITY’s possession showed how a company that is alleged not to be well known was awarded a contract of (N125,320,513.50k) twenty five million, three hundred and twenty thousand, five hundred and thirteen naira fifty kobo.
The said company was awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of Jiwa access road on 15/11/2016, with the reference number AMAC/ADM/ECM/2016/033 and was signed by the head of administration, Yahaya Ahmed Khana for the Council Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido.
Contractors who bid for the projects together with the company in questioned alleged high fee always charged by the foot soldiers at the procurement unit, where the files are being kept before fast tracking it.
Those who confided in The AUTHORITY said, “these people here demand for 20,000, 30,000 even more before pushing your file for approval or else they will either hide it somewhere, and push those that have cooperated with them.