Osogbo - Osun Government said on Tuesday that it would not accept any excuse for the delay in the completion of the newly-awarded council’s roads by September which was the deadline.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Works, Oladepo Amuda, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
According to him, all contractors handling road projects in each local government must be ready to deliver by the September deadline of face sanction.
“As long as the government is not owing, there is no way we will agree to any delay or under-performance,’’ he added.
He told NAN that, at the instance of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, stakeholders in the joint local government road project met on May 2 to review progress made so far.
The governor’s aide said that in some local government areas, the contractors had done more than the mobilisation stage.
Amuda said it was made clear to the contractors that quality must not be sacrificed, adding contractors that lived up to the billing were sure of getting more of such jobs.
NAN recalls that Osun Government awarded the construction of 218 kilometres road project at the cost of N16.6 billion.
The roads, ranging from 5.5 to 8.5 kilometres, were to be constructed in each of the 30 local governments including the Ife Area office.
He said that the state government, with the backing of the state Assembly, source for N10 billion loan from a bank to make a total of N16 billion required to complete the project.
The government had made available an advance payment of 30 percent to each contractor handling the project in all the 30 local governments, including the Ife Area office.