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Gov. Orji threatens to sack non-performing contractors

24 January 2013, 07:30

Umuahia - Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia has threatened to revoke any contract that fails to meet government’s expectations on quality delivery.

Orji issued the threat during an interaction with the contractors and an appraisal of their contracts at the Government House, Umuahia on Wednesday.

He urged the contractors, handling road projects in different parts of the state to increase their pace for greater impact before the rainy season.

He charged them to remain on site even when government delayed their payment, stressing that he would have no alternative but to terminate the contract of any abandoned projects.

"I do not want us to get to that level because the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know," he said.

The governor expressed his commitment toward the rehabilitation of roads in the state, saying that he preferred to execute the projects during the dry season.

"I do not work on roads during the rainy season that is why I decided to block my ears with big stick even if Aba residents decide to cry aloud.

"So I want to see the much I can achieve before the rainy season comes," he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the contractors, numbering at least 17, took turns to explain the extent of work so far done on their respective projects.

They also listed some of the problems facing them, including the lack of contractual agreement and documentation from the government.

One of them, Mr Davis Obioma, explained that he was bothered that in spite of the magnitude of work already done, there is no documentation, no contract letter or agreement.

Obioma said that he paid several millions of naira for the necessary legal documentations and had completed one of the contracts, while the second had reached 95 per cent completion.

The governor directed the Commissioner for Works, Chief Kingsley Mgbeahuru, to intervene in getting the necessary contract documents for them.

Orji, who said that he regularly embarked on an inspection of the projects, expressed satisfaction with the quality of job so far done.

- NAN

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