Ogun state government yesterday picked holes in the allegation leveled against it that the state governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun led a squad to dismantle a $6.5 million (about N1 billion) asphalt plant the company bought for the construction of Lagos- Ibadan Expressway.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Architect Olumiluwa Adegbite who spoke to Journalists at the contentious site in Sagamu inter-change area of the state said the company merely want to hide under such allegation to save its face from Nigerians two years after it was given concession by the Federal Government to reconstruct the road.
Adegbite who challenged the company to come out with document of land acquisition from the state government said the company was given six weeks to make a payment of N70 Million on the land and write a letter of acceptance , pointing out that the company refused to comply.
The commissioner explained that the land Bi-Courtney is laying claims to was earmarked by the state government to build a Trailers park in order to avert traffic snarl and its associated vices of roads and frequent road carnages claiming lives on regular basis.
According to him ,” In the letter it was expressly stated that if the conditions stated are OK by them, the sum of money to be paid amounted to 75million naira, and the total came to 75million, it was stated in the letter that if they accept this offer they should write a letter of acceptance and Bi-Courtney neither wrote a letter or paid the money and what that told me is that the land was never allocated to the.
“We did not demolish anything here. We are all for this road, 80 percent of the road lies in Ogun state, so we will like to partner with Bi-Courtney to fix the road, so if Bi-Courtney do what is proper, that is approach the government for land, of course we will allocate land for them but they need to do what is needful and we would definitel oblige them”.
In a swift reaction to the state government claims on the issue , Bi- Courtney Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Dipo Kehinde said the state government is bent on frustrating the company from executing the project.
He accused the state government of perjury for saying there is no Asphalt plant in their site , saying,” Here we have the plant and the people installing it, this is a brand new asphalt plant, installation is on, the Chinese people can tell you, you can see the pillars”.
The legal officer to the construction company Mr. Olugbenga Odubote said the company will be heading to court in a matter of days to seek redress on the matter.