By Mashe Umaru Gwanmna Abuja
Minister of State 11, Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan Zarma has tasked indigenous contractors handling Federal Government projects to “up their game” by improving on their pace of work in order to deliver their projects on schedule.
He said government has much confidence on indigenous contractors, said that the present administration is determined to encourage and promote indigenous contractors.
The Minister who is on inspection of the Ministry’s projects to the South-West Zone, however expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work at the the 27.6Km Oshogbo- Ilesha Road, Section 1 handled by Messers Horizon Construction Limited. He said it was appalling for a 27Km road Rehabilitation project awarded since 2010 to exceed its completion date by 104 per cent in 2018. He asked “if it takes you 8 years to rehabilitate a road, how many years will it take you to build one”.
A statement signed by AD Information for: Director, Information, Eno Olotu (Mrs),said Zarma challenged the contractor to prove his capacity to deliver the job and stop giving excuses for the delay.
He said, “government gave you the job with the assurance that you can deliver, you asked for extension after a long delay, your request is not approved, you have to mobilize every resource to meet up the extended October 2018 completion date”.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has been highly commended for the massive execution and monitoring of its infrastructure projects across the nation particularly on roads, housing and power.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Minister to the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Grace Titilayo Tomori, said the Minister’s inspection of on-going projects in the state and across the nation laid credence to the commitment of the present administration to deliver basic infrastructure to the people.
She said, “Your visit to the state has confirmed the seriousness the federal government attaches to road construction in the state and the nation at large.”
She further applauded the Minister for undertaking the tour by road to see things for himself and ensured that the contractors are working.
The deputy governor disclosed that the state was also complimenting the federal government effort by constructing over a 1000km of roads across the state. According to her, the state governor was well known to be a “constructor of roads”.
Briefing the Minister at the Oshogbo- Ilesha road inspection, the Federal Controller, Works, Engr Omorekpe Njoku said, that the contract was awarded in 2010 at a contract sum of .N2.69b but was later reviewed to N2.88b to accommodate the drainage works on the road. He affirmed that the contractor is indeed slow in delivery on the project.
The Contractor, Messers Horizon Construction, however, explained that the reason for the prolonged delay in the completion of the project was due to the non-budgetary appropriation for the project by past administrations for about three years leading them to stop work at a time.
He, however, commended the present administration for including the project in its appropriation since last year and promised to mobilize fully to meet the completion deadline.
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