Thursday, 25 April 2019

Something cannot stand on nothing, Don't approve Ayade's N6 billion ISPO, Oyama warns John Gaul



A Cross River born activist cum environmentalist and Executive Director of Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC) Odey Oyama has written to the Cross River State House of Assembly through the speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo demanding to know on what grounds the executive arm of government through the SSG seeks the approval of the House of an Irrevocable Payment Order of a monthly payment N300 million to MERRS SYDNEY Construction Company for 180 years.


Oyama, told the outgoing 8th Cross River State House of Assembly to only approve such request after demanding for and receiving from the executive arm of government the initial approval of the budget for the Superhighway by the Cross River State Government that is expected to have been given by the CRSHA in the first instance.


He further warned that where such document does not exist, the House should blatantly reject and refuse the approval of such fraudulent request which goes against already established due process as enacted by the same Cross River State House of Assembly.

"We trust that the CRSHA cannot approve payment by Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) for a project that does not have previous budgetary approval by the CRSHA. Our understanding in respect of this matter is that, something cannot stand on anything". He warned.



"...We recall that the said laws were established by the CRSHA in the first instance. Correspondingly, the CRSHA cannot afford to turn a blind eye on matters that pertain to the violations of 
laws that were dully established by the CRSHA". Oyama advised. 



The letter which was copied to all the 25 House members reads in full: 





RAINFOREST RESOURCE & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (RRDC)
A Nigerian NGO for the Environment, Development & Information Delivery 







THE HON. SPEAKER 
CROSS RIVER STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMPLEX 
Calabar, Cross River State, 
Nigeria.



Dear Rt. Hon. Speaker,
RE: REQUEST FOR CROSS RIVER STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION FOR APPROVAL TO ISSUE AN IRREVOCABLE 
STANDING PAYMENT ORDER (ISPO) OF N300,000,000.00 (THREE HUNDRED MILLION NAIRA) MONTHLY IN FAVOUR 
OF MESSRS SYDNEY CONSTRUCTION NIGERIA LIMITED IN RESPECT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 275KM – 6 LANE CALABAR IKOM KATSINA ALA SUPERHIGHWAY



WE are aware of the fact that the letter referred above has been placed 
before the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA) for action. 
Our positions on this matter are as follows:

1) That as representatives of the people, we expect the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the Hon. Members of the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA) to demand for the initial approval of the budget for the Superhighway by the Cross River State Government that is expected to have been given by the CRSHA 
in the first instance.



2) That the CRSHA cannot approve payment by Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) for a project that does not have previous budgetary approval by the CRSHA. Our understanding in respect of this matter is that, something cannot stand on anything. Correspondingly, the request for ISPO for payment of the sum of N648, 870, 730,739.23 (Six Hundred and Forty Eight Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-Nine Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo; to MERRS SYDNEY Construction Company cannot stand on its own: except there are evidences of previous approvals issued by the CRSHA to the Government of Cross River State on the Superhighway project before its commencement at the groundbreaking event held in October 2015.



3) We trust that the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the Hon. Members of the CRSHA will not grant approval for the ISPO in favour of MERRS SYDNEY Construction Company in respect of their participation in the Superhighway project in a manner that is completely in conflict with the established due process stipulated in the subsisting laws of Cross River State of Nigeria. 
We recall that the said laws were established by the CRSHA in the first instance. Correspondingly, the CRSHA cannot afford to turn a blind eye on matters that pertain to the violations of 
laws that were dully established by the CRSHA.


We thank the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the entire Hon. Members of the Cross River 
State House of Assembly for your kind consideration.

Please accept our Kind regards, 


 
Odey Oyama
Executive Director



Recall that Mr. Odey Oyama had previously written to the state government through the SSG demanding among other things to know/see:

1. The minutes or document of the State Executive council meeting when the superhighway project was delibrated and agreed upon, 

2. Document proving that the said MESSER SYDNEY was duly awarded the contract of the super high way following due process.

3. Evidence that calls for bids was made and MESSER SYDNEY was finally selected. Etc.


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