…Says govt won’t pay for work poorly executed
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has ordered the contractor handling the 18km Gudi/Moroa road to return to the site in order to correct visible lapses in the execution of the project.
A visibly angry Engineer Sule, while inspecting the project on Friday, warned the contractor that his administration will not pay for work that is poorly executed.
The Governor particularly expressed dismay over the finishing of the road which he said, is below standards.
“They told me that it is completed. That is the reason why I came to inspect it. But I am not happy with the quality of the finishing.
“I am very happy with the fact that they have done the drainage very well and everything in that area but the quality of the finishing is very poor.
“And as a result of that, I am asking him to go back and repeat it. Because if they don’t repeat it, then this work after a matter of one or two years, is actually going to go back to square one,” he stated.
The Governor was concerned that, with the prevalence of potholes already along the road, once the rainy season sets in, sections of the road will sink, which will damage the road completely.
Engineer Sule equally expressed concern with the lack of proper supervision by officials of the state Ministry of Works, who would have drawn the attention of the contractor on the shoddy work being executed.
He explained that, the contractor handling the project must return to site in order to repeat the second layer which has already begin to peal even before the job is handed over to the state government.
Earlier on Thursday, Engineer Sule equally inspected ongoing Andaha/Bayan Dutse rural road, as well as the Garaku/Arusu roads, where he expressed satisfaction with the progress of work.
He agreed that the contractors handling these two roads are meeting specifications.
“The one in Bayan Dutse that one is a laterite road, it’s purely rural road. They have been able to remove most of the bends along the way and the culvert. For that reason, that is perfectly in order.
“This one also (Gudi/Moroa), they have been able to do that, as far as the first layer is concerned. But it’s about the finishing of the work that is not good. And that is why I am asking them to go and repeat otherwise we can’t be paying for something that is not done properly,” the Governor said.
The Gudi/Moroa road contract was awarded to an indigenous contractor, Tilley Gyado & Co Nigeria Limited at an estimated cost of N1.9bn.