By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has on Tuesday threaten to blacklist contractors who fails to perform or meet up with the quality and standard of infrastructure expected in the state.
Governor Masari disclosed this while inaugurating a 16-man committee set up to verify projects in the sector of Education and Health carried out under his administration in the state.
He said the essence of the committee is to verify the quality of projects carried out in the state ahead of it planned commencement of the phase II intervention in primary school education in the state.
Masari who emphasized categorically on the quality of projects, urged the committee members to focus it attention on quality of work carried out by the contractors and not to hesitate to report any not meeting up with the expectations of the state.
According to him, “we made education our top priority, realizing the importance of education without which no any meaningful development can take place.
“We have done first phase of intervention in primary and secondary School by way of improving the quality and quantity of infrastructure across the state.
“So we believe that as we commence the second phase, this year, it is important for us to know how far we have gone.
“Quality is very important to us. Apart from quantity, we must importantly take quality to be number one because we believe part of the problem that affected the level of situation we saw in our schools was because from the beginning the infrastructure were not properly done. This time around we insisted that contractors must be able to perform and any contractor that has failed to perform will be blacklisted.
“We are not auditing but we are verifying to see what is on ground, what we have in our records and specifically, we should take note of quality. And make adequate recommendations project by projects because each project has an identity of the contractor. And if you find any contractor not meeting up to our expectations, certainly we will not deal with him next time because like I said within the next two to three weeks we will start rolling out the second phase of primary School intervention. And for the secondary school, we have already started.
“We at the Executive Council level, we are also undertaking visits to some of the projects especially boarding schools where we are spending hundreds of millions to rehabilitate infrastructure,” he said.
Governor Masari also urged the committee to extend it verification to projects on health sector in place in the state particularly rehabilitation and upgrading of the clinics carried out by the state government and Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
In his acceptance speech, Chairman of the committee, Arch. Ahmed Dangiwa assured that with the composition the committee will do a thorough job and within the time frame.
However, the committee which has 30 days to submit it reports are expected to go to the rural communities to verify the projects in education and health across the 34 local governments of the state.
The committee composition includes members from the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Science and Technical Education Board, STEB and Ministry of Education, MOE.