Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 January 2013

Nigeria: Contractor Blames Rains, Lack of Funding for Project Delay

Owerri — The Managing Director, Timik Consult Ltd, a civil engineering firm in Owerri, Mr. Mike Anjorin, has attributed the delay in the completion of work in Orlu city of Imo State last year to incessant rainfall and inadequate funding.

He told Daily Trust in Owerri yesterday that the company would ensure fast completion of the development projects in the city as demanded by the state government if the required funds are provided to them.

Anjorin commended the involvement of indigenous contractors in the development of various sectors of the economy, adding that the steps hold great future for the country.

He said that Nigerian contractors had proved their worth in various contracts awarded to them, adding that they would perform even better if given the opportunity, necessary encouragement and support.

He noted that the country would continue to lag behind if it refused to do away with the old belief that nothing good could come from Nigerians, noting that nobody could ever love Nigeria more than Nigerians.

Anjorin said that rather than awarding contracts to foreign countries, the contracts should instead go to a Nigerian firm which would be at liberty to engage the services of the expatriates as practiced in other parts of the world.

He commended the Gov. Rochas Okorocha-led administration for taking the bull by the horn in engaging indigenous contractors in most of the construction projects carried out in the state, as part of his Rescue Agenda Mission.

He also explained that with the opportunity given by the governor, the company had completed nine roads in Orlu town, and is at the verge of completing the 1.5 km Amaifeke federal highway from the

popular Banana Junction to Nkwoito Junction, and the old Owerri Road.

The MD said that the Orlu City Gate, 87 meters in length, was tipped to be the largest modern city gate in Africa and is intended to give a spectacular view of the entry into the new Orlu City is also under construction by Timik.

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