By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has commended contractors in his state, who have lived up to expectations and are working to beat the deadline for projects they are handling.
The Governor has, however, given till December this year as deadline to the contractors, whose performances have been below expectation.
Prominent on Governor Elechiâ€™s black list is Ganza Nigeria limited, an engineering firmÂ handling two out of the governmentâ€™s 26 unity span bridges, together with the reactivation of Ezillo regional water scheme.
Governor Elechi through his Works Commissioner, Paul Okorie expressed displeasure with Ganza Engineering, yesterday, when the Commissioner visited some project sites in the hinterlands of Isihelu, Onicha and Ohaozara Local Government areas of the state, warning that if the company does not improve significantly, the government would have no option than to revoke the contracts and sanctionÂ the contractor.
The two bridges being constructed by the firm are the Ntezi-Agba-Isu Road bridge across Ebonyi River and that of Idembia Bridge across the same Ebonyi River. At the Agba bridge project site, the Works Commissioner said, â€œif this un-seriousness continues, we may revoke the contract. There is a contingency fund provided for in this project and there is no reason why they should not comply with the completion date for this project.”
… bags Reps’ award
Also, the House of Representatives Committee on States and Local Governmentsâ€™ Initiative on rewards to outstanding Governors in Nigeria, has named Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State as the most outstanding Governor in the South East geo-political zone for the year 2009.
Known as Nigeria Outstanding Governor Award (NOGA), the lawmakers in conjunction with Global Focus Initiative and Ground Breakers International Publications Group, based in Lagos, said that after conducting secret analyses of the achievements of Governor Elechi since he assumed office, the group came up with the conclusion that Chief
Elechi was the best performing Governor in the South East part of the country.
Briefing newsmen on the development, yesterday in Abakaliki, Governor Elechiâ€™s Personal Assistant on Media, Mr. Abia Onyike said that the NOGA Award on the Governor was because of his exemplary leadership style and commitment to the well being of the people, by his deliberate policies that are people oriented and aimed at making life more meaningful for the people of the state.