12 December 2012

Nigeria: Obi Threatens to Sack Contractors Over Delay

Awka — GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has directed the contractors handling the Amansea-Ebenebe-Obaofemili road project in Awka North local government area to accelerate the pace of work or lose the contract.

The governor, who issued the threat after an interaction with stakeholders in the area at the project site, said he was not happy with the pace of work, warning that government would no longer tolerate further delay on the project.

He recalled that the reconstruction of the road, which was flagged off four years ago, was delayed by the bridge project which was completed over one year ago, stressing that government expected the contractor to increase pace of work to ensure it was completed on schedule, especially within the present dry season.

According to him, the state government wanted the project to be completed as early as possible as part of the many on-going projects in the area, to address the neglect of the local government area over the years by successive administrations, which his government was trying to reverse.

He promised to be inspecting the progress of work on the road bi-weekly to make sure that an acceptable pace was maintained in the execution, especially as government did not owe the contractor and had enough financial resources to complete the project.

The traditional ruler of Amansea, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo thanked the governor for his commitment to the project and assured the contractor of all necessary co-operation and assistance to ensure he delivers the project according to specification.

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