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Bi-Courtney loses N4.8 billion road contract in Ondo

21 November 2012, 10:09

Ondo - The Ondo government has threatened to terminate its contractual agreement with Homan Engineering Ltd., owned by Bi-Courtney Consortium in the next two weeks for performing below expectation.  

The Commissioner for Works, Mr Gboye Adegbenro, issued the threat on Tuesday in Akure after an inspection tour of road projects in the state, during which he stated that the company had ``performed grossly below expectation’’.

Adegbenro said that the government decided to sack the firm from the Ondo township dual carriage road project when it became glaring that it had no capacity to deliver.  

He explained that the 8.2 km Akure-Oba-Ile-Airport road contract was value initially for N3.6 billion before it was reviewed upward to N4.8 billion in January 2011 following the partial removal of oil subsidy.  

``I wonder why the company has not delivered the project when it is obvious that it has no impediment of fund, relocation of structures or facilities and payment of compensation.  

``The Ministry of Works record has it that the contract was awarded about three years ago, and it had survived three dry seasons yet the best the company could achieve is 26 per cent.

``It is clear now that there is no miracle they can perform in another six months.

`` It had three years and it could not even achieve a kilometre out of the over eight kilometres road. We have given them a two-week ultimatum,’’ he said.

The commissioner threatened that if the company failed to move and mobilise personnel and materials to site, they should consider the contract terminated.  

Attempts by the site engineer, Mr Adebanjo Famomi, to convince the commissioner that his company would complete the project within six months fell on deaf ears.  

According to the commissioner, government had done its part, and had played its role well by ensuring that it did not owe the contractors.

``We have a responsibility to deliver good services to the people," he stressed.  

Meanwhile, Adegbenro has commended the efforts of contractors handling the Owo Township Road project which started laying asphalt on it.  

He, however, expressed disappointment over the slow pace of work on the Arakale Road project, and noted that the project may not be ready by February if the contractors failed to show serious commitment.



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