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Niger govt. summons 14 road contractors

27 July 2012, 07:19

 Minna - The Niger Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development on Thursday summoned 14 contractors handling road projects in the state to explain the substandard nature of their jobs.

The contractors are handling a total of 250km of road projects with 10km in each of the 25 local government areas of the state.

Mr Baba Jibreel, the Commissioner for Works, gave the directive while briefing newsmen in Minna, saying the poor performance of the contractors was unacceptable.

He said all the managing directors of companies executing the jobs had been invited for explanations on their projects and warned  that "no representation will be entertained".

He said contractors at Kagara and Wushishi abandoned their project sites and directed the civil engineering department of the ministry to quantify work done and amount of payment involved.

Jibreel said the audit was necessary to order refunds or revocation of the contracts or re-awarding of the contracts to competent companies if necessary.

The commissioner said the era of substandard jobs was over and promised to hold contractors accountable for their performances.

Jibreelurged resident engineers supervising road projects in the state to be proactive and warned that those found wanting would be disciplined.


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