The Sokoto State Public Funds and Property Recovery Tribunal has ordered a construction company, P. W. Nigeria Ltd, to refund N57.528 million to the government for breach of contract.
The Chairman of the four-member tribunal, Alhaji Danlami Sambo, gave the order on Friday in Sokoto when he delivered judgment in a case brought against the firm by the government.Contract for the construction of the 22 kilometer Nasarawa-Giyawa-Kawadata road in Goronyo Local Government Area of the state was awarded to the company by the government in 2006 at about N1.671 billion.
A verification committee set up by the current administration in 2008, however, discovered that the company executed 21.715 kilometers of the project, with some observed defects.The company was also said to have been paid more than N1.663 billion in twelve installments. The tribunal noted that there was a shortfall in the length of the road constructed by the company.Sambo therefore directed the firm to refund N57.528 million to the state government.
He said the money was the value of the 825 meters shortfall and about N8 million being the money provided for the excavation of rock materials, which was not done by the company.Sambo also directed the firm to return to the site immediately â€œto set all curves on the road on a defined deflection angle, in accordance with the specifications in the bill of quantitiesâ€.He said the firm should also replace, restore or rebuild all the failed slope protection works and culverts, â€œusing specified quality and quantity of materials and wood workmanshipâ€.
The company was also ordered to redress all washed off road surface dressing, starting from km 17, and provide adequate side drains and shoot-outs on the sides to reduce the effect of erosion on the side drains .Sambo said the company, however, had the right to appeal to Gov. Aliyu Wamakko within the specified 30 days from the day of judgment . The Prosecuting Counsel, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, commended the tribunal for the judgment. Mr Steve Nwoke, the Defence Counsel, also commended the tribunal for its thoroughness.