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Ebonyi threatens contractor

By Dennis Agbo

AWKA—The contractor handling the 5-Km Akpoha road project in Ebonyi State may be dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for abandoning the work.

This comes as the state government also threatened to revoke the contract should the contractor fail to deliver on the contract.

Although contract for the road was awarded by the administration of the former Governor of the state, Sam Egwu, in 2006, not much progress had been made, despite the various variation payments made by the present government of Martin Elechi.

Ebonyi State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Dr. Paul Okorie, who dropped hints of plan by the government to involve the EFCC, expressed disappointment at the contractor handling the project.

He expressed regrets that the road project has not gone beyond 20%, despite the money so far released for the job.

“If the situation remained the same, we may terminate the 5-Km contract,” the Commissioner said.

On the projects that have been completed, he said the state government would not commission any of them till the first quarter of 2010.

According to him, this is the completion deadline set for all the projects awarded in February 2008.

Okorie said that some companies, such as Marlum Construction, had completed most of the bridges along the Abakaliki-Ofurekpe road and charged other contractors to speed up work on their contracts.


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