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Anambra govt reads riot act to over MDGs contractors

ANAMBRA State government has read the riot act to contractors handling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) projects in the state, warning that it would terminate any contract that falls short of the expected standard and blacklist the contractor concerned.

The contractors were selected through a competitive bidding conducted in Awka.

Commissioner for economic planning and budget, Professor Chinyere Okunna, who is also the chairman of the MDGs Implementation Committee, told newsmen that the state government was not prepared to lose the high reputation it has built with the donor agencies through shoddy jobs by contractors, adding that only contractors with track record would ultimately be awarded the contracts.

 She said that money paid to any contractor must be accounted for, otherwise the law would take its course.

 Under the 2009 MDGs projects being implemented this year, a total of N1.819 billion would be spent, out of which the Federal Government gave the state a grant of N909.88 million, while the state government paid the counterpart fund of another N909.88 million.

 Projects to be executed under the programme include rehabilitation of 42 dilapidated Primary Health Care {PHC) centers, procurement and distribution of Small Town Water Schemes and construction of youth skills acquisition centers.

 Essentially, the MDGs projects are aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health care, combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.


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