Imo State governmentÂ says it is not happy at the slow pace of work in the execution of some of its road projects by contracting firms engaged by the administration.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Sir Emma Ohakim, who made governmentâ€™s feelings known while addressing the chief executives of the contracting firms, urged them to brace up for the challenges.
â€œYou must brace up for the challenges of ensuring the completion of governmentâ€™s critical road projects before the end of the first quarter of this yearâ€, Ohakim said.
According to the Chief of Staff, government has, after very close observation, realized that two months have already been lost without anything meaningful in most of the project sites across the state.
â€œThere is the need for you all to note that the decision to make you development partners was borne out of the desire to integrate you in the process of developing the state, which you are stakeholdersâ€, Ohakim said.
The Chief of Staff expressed regret that the contracting firms, from all indications, are only interested in profit maximization, stressing that â€œthis is not the sole aim of setting up the partnershipâ€.Â He called for collective effort to help in taking the state to the next level of development, adding that this remains the target of both the government and the citizenry.
Speaking also, the commissioner for works, housing and transport, Mrs. Comfort Chukwu, appealed to the firms to strive to meet their own obligations to government, stressing that such will propel the administration to settle all outstanding earned certificates.
Responding, the Chairman, State Development Partners, Prince Lemmy Akakem, called for timely settlement of their earned certificates.