Ondo threatens to sack non-performing contractors

Governor Olusegun Mimiko

The Ondo State Government has frowned at the slow pace at which the road projects are being handled.



The Ondo State Government on Thursday threatened to terminate the contract for the construction of the Akure-Oba-Ile-Airport road dual carriage way.

The threat was made by the Commissioner for Works, Gboye Adegbenro, in Akure while inspecting various road projects being handled by contractors within Ondo and Akure towns.

He warned the contractors, Messrs Homan Nigeria Limited, to show reasonable sign of seriousness before the end of the month or lose the contract.

Mr. Adegbenro said the firm had seriously slowed down the projects in the two towns. He said the state government was forced to terminate the Ondo town project being handled by the firm early in the year and re-awarded it to another firm.

The commissioner said that government had played its part by paying all the contractors handling its various projects and none of them had any excuse not to perform.

“The slow pace of work on the Akure-Obaile-Airport Road is worrisome and has been subjecting motorists to serious hardship and pains which, we believe, could be avoided if the contractors had showed enough seriousness.

“It was when the government could no longer condone the slow work of the contractor in Ondo town that it revoked its contract and awarded it to another firm, which is seriously working on it now.

“We understand that the firm is having management problems but we cannot fold our arms and watch our people suffer unnecessarily,” the commissioner said.

Mr. Adegbenro said the first phase of the Ondo, Arakale projects and others recently awarded by the state government in various parts of the state, would be completed before February 2013.

He said the administration inherited surface-dressed roads but decided to redesign them with asphalt because of the governor’s penchant for quality jobs.

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