By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€” Angered by the seeming neglect of work on the N3 billion Rivers ultra-modern Mega Hospital in Greater Port Harcourt, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has threatened to arrest the contractor handling the project.
A pointer to the governorâ€™s action was a directive to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, to produce the contractor in company of the commissioner of police as well as the director ofÂ SSS.
Amaechi, who inspected some projects in the state midweek, said it was unthinkable for N3 billion to have been spent on a project which was still at excavation level, even as the contractor said the entire money had been expended on just piling of sand.
Visibly angry at the level of work, Amaechi said he would not â€œadd a kobo to the money already paid and that the job must be completed.â€
Governor Amaechi alleged that certain persons were attempting to sabotage his efforts, but did not disclose their identity.
â€œHow can you tell me that you have spent three billion naira on just digging holes? Is this what my children would tell people in future that their father laid the foundation stone for this hospital?
â€œThis project was supposed to take one year and six months and you have done one year without moulding one block and my tenure in office is almost gone. How do I explain this to Rivers people, that I spent such huge sum of money digging holes? I will not take that.â€ He said.
Amaechi told the contractor that words had started making the rounds in the state that the money had been shared by the governor, commissioner for health and the firm, insisting that he needed explanation on why the company was foot-dragging on the project.
The governor also frowned on the shoddy job at the mini-stadium at Niger/Bende Streets under construction for the forth-coming national sports festival.
He gave the matching order to the contractor to â€œship-in or ship-out.â€
The governor also put the sports commissioner on the spot that he must explain to the state executive council in its next sitting why the contractor did such a bad job and had not been cautioned or brought to book.