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FG approves over N30b road contracts, queries contractors handling Niger Delta …

| December 5, 2013 More

WorldStage Newsonline—Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday approved the award of some road contracts at the cost of N30.059 billion.

Minister of State for Works, Bashir’s Yuguda disclosed that the road projects include construction of Kankara-Gurbi Road in Katsina state : N1.4 billion, construction of Isoko Ring Road in Delta State: N2.1 billion, construction/rehabilitation of Yashi-Duguri-Yalo Road (Duguri-Dungare-Yalo Section) in Bauchi State : N1.75 billion, construction of Jarmai-Bashar Road in Plateau State : N1.38 billion.

Others include rehabilitation of Wukari/Akwana Road in Taraba State N3.97 billion, construction of Ajase/Offa/Erin-Ike/Osun State Boundary Road in Kwara State : N1.24 billion, construction of Takum-Dongawa Road (15km) in Katsina-Alato Katum : N1 billion, construction of River Ebba Bridge at Cheche, Katcha LGS in Niger State : N1.48 billion, rehabilitation of Amanwaozuzu-Uzoagba-Eziama-Orie-Amaohia road in IMO State :N1.275 billion.

Construction of Benin/Adumagbae-Egba-Akure Road in Edo/Ondo states will gulp N3.287 billion, reconstruction of Nung Udoe-Etinan-Ekom-Iman Road in Akwa Ibom State: N2.383 billion while construction of Bida-Sacci-Nupeko Road in Niger State will cost N8.673 billion.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has expressed displeasure some of contractors handling projects in the Niger Delta region over the shoddy work done.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe who undertook an inspection tour of the Skill Acquisition project meant to train Niger Delta youths in the entertainment industry in Ikot Nakanda, Cross River State at the weekend alongside  the Minister of State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke and other top management staff of the Ministry summoned the contractors to a meeting in Abuja where all matters relating to the award of the contracts will be discussed. 

The meeting will among other thing access the level of work attained compared with the huge sum of money so far released for the project.  These and what may appeared tp be the challenges faced by to Contractors will be holistically evaluated and a decision taken on the way forward.

The minister according to a press statement issued by Mrs.  Bolokor Mohammed, Director of Press in the ministry, expressed dissatisfaction with the level of work done by the Contractors, (Messrs GLOBE TENST (NIG) LTD – Lot 1, Messrs NAAMAN ASSOCIATES – Lot 2, Messrs ANCHOR NUEL LTD – Lot 3) handling the construction works.

He noted, he was baffled that the Contractors handling the project had ignored his consistent complaints and warnings of underperformance despite the huge sums of money the Ministry had so far released for the project. “The Ministry has released sufficient funds for this project but these Contractors are not serious with this work. This is unacceptable”.

Meanwhile, Otuoke Skill Acquisition Centre in Bayelsa State is now wearing a new look.  All arrangements are on  top gear ahead of its commissioning. The buildings are ready and painting work is ongoing. All ad-joining roads within the premises are already sand filled with interlocking work in progress. The work is expected to be ready in the next three weeks according to the Site Engineers.           

Furthermore, the engineers also confirmed that fencing work, construction of the swimming pool and drains as well as LAN interconnectivity at the ICT Centre stands at 80-98% completion work levels. While workers are working tirelessly on site, the Ministry on its part has been up and doing with the timely releases of required funds to Contractors handling projects as the need arises to ensure that all ongoing projects of the Ministry are completed on schedule.   

Category: Bauchi State News

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