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Reps threaten to revoke road contract in Kebbi

17 October 2012, 09:07

Abuja - The House of Representatives' Committee on Works and Housing on Tuesday gave a three-month ultimatum to the contractor rehabilitating the Jega- Koko/Besse road in Kebbi State to either complete it or have the contract revoked.

Rep. Ali Wudil, the committee’s Deputy Chairman, issued the ultimatum when he led other members on an inspection visit to the project site.

Contract for the 60 km-road rehabilitation project was awarded by the Federal Government at N966.8 million.

Wudil bemoaned the slow pace of work at the site and complained about the contractor’s attitude to work.

``The committee is not satisfied with the way the project is being executed and there is total lack of evidence that the project is progressing.

``If the project was not completed by January 2013, the contract would be revoked and the general reconstruction and asphalt overlay would be awarded to another firm,’’ he said.

`` I assure you that due processes have been completed for the next phase of the project,’’ he added.

Wudil noted that the road’s reconstruction was influenced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who noted that the dilapidated road had been a death trap.
``We would embark on the re-inspection of this road, during which the Minister of Works and Housing would be present to explain certain issues relating to the project to the committee,’’ he said.

However, Mr Ishaba Attai, the Site Engineer, assured the committee of a speedy completion of the project.

He attributed the delay in the project’s completion to the problems encountered in efforts to secure release of funds from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

The committee also inspected the 108-km Kalgo-Bunza-Feka road, which connects the country to Niger Republic.

Contract for the road project was awarded in 2005 to the China Geo-Company (CGC) at N2.1 billion.

The committee directed the immediate completion of the remaining 14 kilometres, in fulfilment of the Federal Government’s pledge.

``We must not relent in our promise as a leading African country," he said.

Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, who represented the Kebbi State Government on the visit, assured the committee that the work would soon resume at the project site because a variation of N452 million had been submitted by the firm for approval.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the District Head of Kamba, Ahmed Muhammoud, who received the committee members, solicited the siting of additional federal projects and an export processing zone in the area.

``The establishment of a tertiary educational institution will boost the socio-economic activities of the border communities,’’ he said.



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