15 April 2012

Nigeria: Fayemi Gives Contractors Seven-Week Ultimatum

Apparently miffed by the slow pace of work by contractors handling the five-kilometer road projects in the 16 local government areas of the state, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, summoned the contractors with a warning that their contracts would be revoked, if there was no significant improvement in their work within the next two weeks.

The governor said Friday's meeting would be the last time he would warn the contractors to justify government's huge investment on the road contracts; adding that, though government had paid them upfront for the construction of the roads, he would not hesitate to go after the contractors and retrieve government's money from them after revoking their contracts.

Fayemi said: "I am not here to encourage you to do my work. This is not why I called this meeting; it is to tell you that in the next two weeks if I don't see significant improvement because I know you have all been paid and I don't know anybody who knows me among you apart from public works corporation and I am not even impressed with public works corporation which is Ekiti state-owned.

"You didn't get this job on the basis of knowing Fayemi and anybody that has called you to a room to collect my own cut of your contract which is why you won't do the work should quickly speak out now. You were mobilised!".

It would be recalled that the Fayemi-led administration, had, in addition to the 11 major road contracts in the state, also embarked on the construction of five-kilometer of roads in each of the local governments last year with the aim of developing not only the urban areas but also the rural areas.

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