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Benue govt blast defaulting road contractors

By  Peter Duru

State Government has decried the attitude of various contractors handling road projects in the state, warning that it would not hesitate to wield the big stick on contractors who deliberately frustrate government’s infrastructural development efforts.

This warning was handed down by the new Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Dr. Eugene Aliegba during his maiden meeting with contractors, consultants and government engineers in Makurdi.

Aliegba regretted that despite government unwavering commitments to its contractual obligations, some of the contracted firms have completely failed to deliver their own part of the bargain.

The Commissioner also registered the government’s resentment over what he described as the slow pace of work on some of the ongoing road projects in the state despite government’s huge financial commitments on the affected projects.

He further decried the situation where contractors wilfully move out of contract sites for no justifiable reasons, directing that all firms handling government pro-jects should step up work on their jobs as soon as the rains subside.

Aliegba, who particularly directed the contractor handling the Otukpo-Utonkon-Igumale roads to immediately make it motorable, warned that the directive should be carried out. He regretted that the firm has failed in the past to obey government’s directives on the said project even when the Governor himself gave the order.

He urged all firms handling government infrastructural projects to brace up to the demands of their contracts, assuring that government would continue to meet its financial obligations to the firms.

Responding on behalf of the contractors, the Project Engineer of Hajaig Construction, Engr. Stephen Akange assured the government of the commitment of firms to their contractual obligations.


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