By Favour Nnabugwu
House of Representatives has threatened to revoke the concession contract between Federal Government and Bi-Courtney, following the slow pace of work on the reconstruction of Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Chief Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi, member of the House of Representatives, issued the threat notice in Abuja during the 2011-2012 budget defence of the Federal Ministry of Works presented by Mike Onolememen, Minister of Works.
Ozombachi, who was irked by the pace of the work on that expressway said: “Nigerians should not be held to ransom by any legal issue. We are going to summon the contractor and the minister and find an exit strategy,” adding that the company has not demonstrated competence.
“If he is not doing that project, we will find money or Option B. That road is a gateway into this country and we can’t allow one man to hold us to ransom,” he added.
Also speaking, Bimbo Daramola stressed the need for expedite action on the rehabilitation and expansion of the roads across the country.
The lawmakers also queried the payment of N39.02 million out of the N75 million approved for the construction of Wala-Auna-New Bissau road project without execution of any project on that road.
The legislatures said: “Nigerians are worried about the deplorable condition of the nation’s roads and expectations are high that the government will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the dilapidated nature of road infrastructure is redressed.
“We do believe that given our present circumstance, where road maintenance and rehabilitation and construction are still being funded through annual appropriation Act, that the 2012 budget is going to be a budget that would address head-on the deplorable condition of Nigeria roads.”