The House of Representatives joint Committees on Airforce and Justice has embarked on an inspection tour of the alleged excessive use of force by the Nigerian Airforce Property against Blue Boulevard Nigeria Limited.
Blue Boulevard some months back, approached the House of Representatives to wade into its dispute with the Air force property company, accusing the later of breach in the contract it entered, using excessive force and military might against them.
The committee said it had the presence of both parties during the tour, and had demanded for the bid of quantities, engineering drawing and joint evaluation report tendered, with the leader of the delegation Hon. Dekor Robinson promising to be fair and transparent in their report.
“The reason why we are here is to visit the site and this is in furtherance of duties as it affects this particular investigation.
Whatever we are going to do here will form part of our report to be submitted to plenary. so what we expect from you is to give us the best cooperation so that we can address this issue and have a permanent resolution to this particular problem.
Management of Blue Boulevard said 640 shops for cluster one are all sold out with occupancy rate of about 20 percent. ” When things were rosy we sell a shop for 5Million naira per but today in order to keep the venture going we sell a shop at N250 thousand for 20 years.
”In total we have three clusters of total shops of 2000. Cluster one all hundred percent finished, occupied and paid for. Cluster 2 has 860 shops of which 430 are finished and 430 are 70% completion. Where we stopped was where we were invaded and made to stop while cluster 3 is 500 shops with 50% done” the company MD said.
Managing Director, NAF property, Air Vice Marshal Bagari,however said the clusters does not represent completion. He said at the point of agreement the completion of the project is the point it is tenant-able. “We didn’t expect that anyone renting this place will rent a carcass in order to complete it, will all facilities in place”, he said.
The House committee has pledged to ensure an amicable resolution of the dispute.