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Zamfara Assembly probes N1.9bn road contract

11 July 2012, 09:35

Zamfara - The Zamfara State House of Assembly has instituted a probe into a 68-kilometre road, linking Dansadau with Yanbarun Daji through Batafar Doka and Sangeku villages in Maru Local Government Area.

In a motion moved by Abdullahi Muhammad (Maru South constituency), the legislator said the road construction contract was awarded in August, 2009, by former Gov. Mahmuda Shinkafi.

Muhammad said the former governor awarded the contract at a cost of N1 .9 billion to an indigenous construction firm, Qumecs Nigeria limited.

He said work on the project was abandoned few months after its inauguration, adding that the completion period of the contract was 12 months.

The lawmaker added that investigation conducted by the state Ministry of Works, the supervising authority for the project, revealed that the contractor received full payments for the job, but achieved only 43 per cent completion.

He expressed regret that in spite of the importance of the road to the economy of the state, the contractor abandoned the project after collecting the full contract sum.

After deliberations, the house unanimously resolved to probe the contract.

The Deputy Speaker of the house, Muhammad Gummi, who presided over the sitting, directed the house committee on works headed by Faruk Dosara to probe the contract.

He warned that contractors handling projects in the state must be held accountable for their actions or inactions on whatever contract agreements they signed with the state government.

The committee was given two weeks to present its report to the house for further action.

The road when completed, would link Zamfara with Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger States.


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