BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
LAGOS—Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has revoked the contract awarded to private firm, Electro-Technics Company to install pedestrian guardrails, worth over N125 million, in Marina axis of the state.
Similarly, no fewer than 672 vehicles were impounded in the Central Business Districts by the government for contravening the state road traffic law 2012,
Special Adviser to the Governor on CBD, Mrs. Derin Disu, disclosed this yesterday, at a briefing.
Disu said that the revoked contract was one of the four major projects embarked upon by CBD to improve the level of infrastructure in the district, saying “Two of the contracts have been completed while the last contract would be handed over before the end of June, 2014.”
According to her, the governor approved the sacking of the contractor because he delayed in the construction work which should have reached an appreciable stage with other contracts awarded last year. Disu, noted that the state government awarded the contract because it discovered the need for the work to be done.
According to her, “If the contractor is not moving along and if he has been paid a sizeable amount to mobilize him to site and is still lagging behind, the general policy now, is to ensure that this negative attitude does not become inimical to the progress of government.
“The policy of the state government is that contractor must move along with the intense and purpose of the state government, this is to provide service and upgraded infrastructure.”
She said the state government generated N5.3 million from fines, levies and auctioning of unclaimed goods seized from traders displaying their goods in restricted areas within the CBD.
“The fund translates to 81 percent of the revenue target for the agency.”
Disu however, explained that the intention of the state government to establish CBD was not to generate profit but to deliver service to the citizens of the state