… donates two armoured carriers, 30 pick-up vehicles to Police
By Enyim Enyim & Vincent Ujumadu
ONITSHAâ€”Anambra state government has re-assigned the 3.34 km Abagana- Oye Nimo road contract, originally awarded to Ave Maria and Impressor Nigeria Limited to COTABS Nigeria Limited on grounds of incompetence.
Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Callistus Ilozumba stated this while briefing reporters on the activities of his ministry in Awka.
He said though the road was awarded by the Ngige administration in 2006 at N84m and revalued at N301m by the Obi government because there was no initial designs and provision for flood control, the contractor failed toÂ do the job according to specification.
â€œWe called his attention to the shoddy job he was doing, but we did not get satisfactory response from him, even after we had designed the road. We found out that he was not performing. When we found out that we could not get him to move the job, we had to do an outright assignment of the job to COTABSâ€, he said.
He added, â€œafter the design, we had to revalue the contract because when you are talking of drains and, enough drains on the road, you must increase the quantity of drainage substantiallyâ€.
He said government could not terminate the contract out rightly because it had lost in the past, as it had to pay so much to such contractor, saying that COTABS has almost completed the job except for the final over lay of asphalt.
Also. THE Anambra State government yesterday handed over two additional armoured personnel carriers and 30 pick-up vehicles to the Nigeria Police Force to beef-up security in the state.
Governor Peter Obi, who made the presentation to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro at a brief ceremony at Government House, Awka, said the donated items were part of his administrationâ€™s continuing assistance to the police to effectively fight crime in the state.
Anambra state government had in the past two years equipped the police with two armoured personnel carriers, 100 patrol vans and communication gadgets.
He traced insecurity in the South-East to militants operations in the Niger Delta and the activities of desperate politicians, adding that efforts were being intensified to curtail the situation.
Obi had at a town hall meeting with Anmabra indigenes in Lagos on June 9, 2009, declared 50 days war against criminals in the state and yesterdayâ€™s donation to the police was seen as part of measures to prosecute the offensive against criminals and crime in the state.