A report credited to The Punch indicates that the Nigerian Senate is currently probing the federal ministry of works for allegedly paying N145million to a construction firm as reimbursement for a road project executed by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.
According to The Punch report, a senior official of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Niyi Adebanjo, had in a petition submitted to the Senate alleged that the ministry officials paid the money to the management of a private construction company as part payment for the road project awarded to it.
Adebanjo submitted the petition on behalf of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the document to the Senate committee on ethics, privileges, and public petitions.
The petition was presented by the chairman of the committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, on behalf of Lawan, on Tuesday, February 9.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in the petition, alleged that the construction firm claimed the money as reimbursement for the rehabilitation of the Ife-Ifewara road, Osun state, which the church constructed.
Part of the petition read: “The rehabilitation of the road was awarded and paid for by Pastor Enoch Adeboye in the sum of N188,440,342, hence the claim by Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited was illegal and unjust.
“The church hereby requests the Senate to look into the matter and, among others, urge the firm to refund the money it collected to the coffers of the federal government.”
Speaking before the panel under oath, on Wednesday, March 10, Pastor Adebanjo said the people of the area pleaded with Adeboye to repair the road, which was in a deplorable state for years, making it a death trap for motorists and a safe haven for criminals.
Ruling on the matter, the committee chairman directed the secretariat to write the directors and supervising engineers in charge of the project to appear before the panel.