The minister apologised after clarifying the question of payment to Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited for the reconstruction of the Ife-Ifewara road in Osun.
Fashola, on the other hand, refuted the accusation during a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions on Thursday in Abuja.
The minister explained that no payment was provided by the new government for road reconstruction.
According to Fashola, the contract was awarded to Messrs Cartill Construction Nigeria Limited five years before the Buhari administration and six years before he was named Minister of Works and Housing.
He said that the then-Minister of Works only authorised the required 15% mobilisation fee on March 31, 2011, and that another payment was made after the work had reached approximately 26.21 percent on December 29, 2011.
“These payments were all made four years before the Buhari’s administration,” he explained.
He stated that the ministry did not make any payment to the contractor as a refund or certify any work done between 2016 and 2019.
Fashola added that the road in question was not a federal road but the contract was initiated as Parliamentary Constituency Project which was domiciled in the budget of the ministry.
Hence the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
The minister thanked the chairman and other distinguished members of the committee for its impartial and dispassionate consideration of the petition but noted that there was no basis for the petition by way of facts or evidence.
While commending the leadership of RCCG for intervening in the rehabilitation of the road, Fashola explained that there were procedures to be followed in intervening on federal and state roads.
Responding on behalf of RCCG, the Petitioner, Pastor Niyi Adebanjo apologized to the minister.
Adebanjo said the petition was not targeted at him, but was meant to expose some perceived sharp practices.
He said that they thought that the Federal Government was to approve another payment for the road which was rehabilitated free by Pastor Encoh Adeboye as part of the church’s Social Corporate Responsibility.
“The rehabilitation of the road was awarded and paid for by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, hence any further claim by any company should be seen as illegal and unjust.”
“Ministry of Works and Housing deserves an apology from us and because the whole world is listening to us, I tender that apology “Unreservedly,” he said.
Speaking, the Committee Chairman, Sen. Patrick Akinyelure, commended the minister for his presentation and for correcting the impression that some monies were paid by the Buhari-led administration.