By Emmanuel Aziken
Abujaâ€”Chairman of Ika South local government area in Delta State, Mr. Hilary Ibude, has traced delayed implementation of the N115 million constituency projects for the area to the inability of contractors to meet requirements for the contract process.
Ibude in an interview, regretted that all the contractors who bidded for the eighteen constituency projects in the local government were eventually disqualified for failure to meet the basic requirements needed to execute government contracts. Among their failures, Ibude said, were failure to provide tax clearance certificates and evidence of registration with the local government as contractors.
â€œWe did not give it to them because most of them could not meet the requirements of the tender board, it is either that they donâ€™t have tax clearance or they didnâ€™t pay the registration fee as contractors to the council, so that is the situation, and that is why the tender board now said that they may re-advertise and that is the reason we have not given out the contractsâ€™â€™, he said.
The constituency projects chosen by the councilors to be executed in each of the eighteen wards in the local government were selected by the councilors.
The contracts Ibude said are for projects for the provision of water, electricity and related development projects as determined by the councilors representing the various wards.
According to him, â€œâ€œSome of the contracts are about N5 million, some just below N5 million and some just above N5 million depending on the project the councilors have chosen.
Reiterating the determination of the council to execute the projects, the council chairman advised the contractors to fulfill the requirements necessary to win the council jobs.
â€œI am advising all the contractors to meet up with the requirements of the tender board,â€â€ he said.