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Niger government revokes 9 road contracts

02 August 2013, 13:16

Minna - The Niger government on Thursday said it had revoked contracts for the construction of nine road projects in nine local government areas of the state estimated at N1.2 billion.

Adamu Jagaba, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, said this in Kotangora during a media tour of the project sites.

According to him, about 90 kilometres of roads under the government’s '10 kilometre per local government area programme' are affected.

The local governments where the road projects were affected are: Rafi, Shiroro, Gbako, Magama, Bosso, Katcha, Agaie, Mariga and Jagaba.

He said that the initial contract sum for each of the project ranged from N300 million to N800 million.

Jagaba said the contracts were revoked because the contractors exhibited high degree of incapability to execute the projects.

He said that arrangements had been completed to rearward the contracts to 'more serious contractors'.

The permanent secretary, however,praised the contractors that handled the projects in Agwara and Kontagora local government areas.

He said that the government was satisfied with their jobs and that they could be patronised by the government in future.

The Commissioner for Information, Prof. Kuta Yahaya, in his remarks said many contractors had fled the state because of the critical appraisal being carried out by the government before and during the execution of projects.

Yahaya said government was under pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people and would not allow any incompetent contractor to draw it back.

Meanwhile 25 basic health clinics constructed by the government in partnership with the Millennium Development Goals have been completed.

Yahaya said the inauguration of the basic health clinics would take health care delivery service closer to the people for prompt medical attention.



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