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Ebonyi Assembly drills erring contractors

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—THE Ebonyi State House of Assembly, yesterday, drilled 10 contractors, who the House accused of non-performance on the different roads and bridges contracts awarded to them by the state  government.

The lawmakers’ action came immediately after the House Committee on Works, led by Mr. Odefa Obasi inspected the project sites of the jobs,  where it found that some contractors were either exhibiting poor attitude towards the job or wanted to sabotage the efforts of the state government.

Odefa while addressing the contractors told them that his committee was not out to witch-hunt any body, but that the summon became necessary in view of the Assembly’s oversight function and following its tour of some of the projects, wherein it was discovered that some of them were not executing the jobs in accordance with the terms of the contracts.

He said that the House wondered why some contractors were performing while others were not. The committee observed that some local contractors performed far above the so called foreign firms, giving names of the performing local contracts to include, Focus, Brass and Sunfil construction companies

“It is unfortunate that some contractors have refused to use the money collected from the government to do the work they were supposed to do. Some of the contractors invited here refused to come but we shall invite them again to the general floor of the House. Companies like RCF, Bulletin, Hapel, Jukok and J Quarrison have either abandoned their jobs at the project sites or are never at their sites,” lamented Odefa.

Though the House Committee on Works merely asked some questions and allowed them to go, Odefa said  “subsequently, the contractors would have to come to the floor of the House to explain what they had done with Ebonyi tax payers’ money and why they want to frustrate the government of Chief Martin Elechi.”


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