The Plateau Government on Friday revoked the multi-million naira Bisichi-Fanarit-Angware road contract awarded to Filex Nigeria Limited for alleged incompetence of the company.
Briefing newsmen on Friday after an emergency executive council meeting in Jos, the Commissioner for Works, Chris Hassan, warned that the administration would not compromise on the high standard it was known for.
“Council reiterated the commitment of Jang’s administration never to compromise on the high standard it is known for, reviewed some major road projects in the state and approved the immediate revocation of the contracts for Filex Nigeria Limited for lacking the competence to deliver on the Bisichi-Fanarit-Angware and all the adjoining spots as well as the Bukuru Low Cost-Miango contract.
“The decision is to serve as a warning to all contractors handling state projects that failure to live up to contractual agreement will not be tolerated as government has the responsibility to ensure that public funds are judiciously applied and utilised in the public interest.”
Speaking on the introduction of tricycles to replace commercial motorcycles in the metropolis, the Commissioner for Transport, Abdulhameed Gamzaki, said private individuals who wished to venture into the taxi/tricycle business must comply with enabling laws on same.
“Following the introduction of taxis and tricycles to replace commercial motorcycle operations, the state government directed that private individuals that wished to introduce same should comply with due process by observing the following: “Prior security vetting by the security agencies, due registration and documentation with the Plateau state ministry of Transport and the Board of Internal Revenue.
“That all such tricycles should be painted in the state commercial colour of green-yellow-green, acquisition of plate numbers from the Plateau state Board of Internal Revenue as well.”
Giving more insight, Mr. Hassan, who is also Chairman of the government’s transport scheme, cautioned tricycle operators against flouting the law regulating their activities, warning that indiscriminate operation would be met with the full wrath of the law.
“Based on the enabling law that placed ban on the operations of motorcycles within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis, the law actually stipulates clearly that failure to abide by this regulation, their cars or tricycles will be impounded.
“We have a mobile court, such offenders will be tried and penalties will be meted on them. So for anybody who wishes to key into what we (government) are doing, he must first of all register with Plateau state and he must be somebody who is resident in Plateau state.
“We have been trying to encourage revenue, you have to register such cabs or tricycles with the Plateau state Board of Internal Revenue and upon registration with the ministry of transport, you will be given a site number.
“If you look at all the tricycles and the taxi cabs we have in Jos-Bukuru metropolis, they have a site number. We have forms that we give you to fill and such forms carry two guarantors and those guarantors must be very worthy guarantors.
“So in the event of tracing, we can always trace you wherever you are. This is meant to create succour for commuters who are plying these two metropolises.”
The state government recently acquired taxi cabs and tricycles which it distributed to some beneficiaries to pave way for the enforcement of the ban on motorcycle operations in Jos and Bukuru metropolis.